Man who beat-up vulnerable elderly Enfield neighbour he burgled is jailed for 20 years

By Russ Lawrence in Local People

An Enfield man who carried out a frenzied attack on a vulnerable 79-year-old woman neighbour with dementia as he burgled her home was jailed for 20 years today (Monday)

The vulnerable victim was found distressed with a plastic tape ligature around her neck and suffered two loose teeth, bruising to her entire face and grazes to her right elbow

Because of her dementia when she was taken to hospital she recalled nothing of the incident and believed she was there for a check-up.

Terence Rox, 52, of Priors Mead, received 20 years for attempted grievous bodily harm and five years for burglary to run concurrently

The appalling crime has been described by the detective who investigated it as one of the most shocking he has dealt with in his career.

In sentencing Rox, Judge Bevan described his defence - in which he created a fictitious character called ’Ned’ who he claimed had carried out the assault - as ’laughable.’. .

Speaking after he was enetenced Det Cons Joel Gregory from Enfield’s Major Crime Unit said he was pleased Rox receieved a lengthy jail term which he said “refelcted the heinous nature of his crime.’

"Throughout the court process he has refused to admit his guilt, creating a series of lies in an attempt to cover up his actions,” he added.

This was one of the most shocking attacks on a vulnerable person that I have seen during my time in the police.

“Thankfully the victim of this incident did not sustain any long term injuries. As a result of her dementia, the victim remembers nothing of what she was subjected to.

"Thanks to the assistance of the victim’s neighbour and the quick thinking of the officers who arrived first on scene, we were able to secure valuable evidence which meant this case could proceed without the victim’s account," he added.

Police were called to the elderly victim’s home by a distressed member of the public at 11.59 pm on Saturday, March 4 earlier this year.

Officers found her covered in blood and tape was tightly wrapped around her neck. She was able to name her attacker as one of her neighbours, Terence Rox.

Police forced entry to his home nearby and found a ring belonging to the victim on the floor of his hallway, but Rox was not present.

He was arrested a short while later as he returned to his home

He was found to have blood on his hands, which was later linked through DNA to belong to the victim, along with blood on other items of his clothing.

Officers searched Rox and in his pockets they found other stolen items from the victim’s address.

Enquiries revealed hr entered the victim’s address via a communal hallway and then the front door at about 11:30am. Rox then punched the victim in the head and placed a length of tape around her neck and squeezed. He then removed the victim’s jewellery and left. The victim then alerted her neighbour about what had happened.

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