• STV
  • MySTV

Bogus water worker attacked elderly couple in their home

Andrew Beech assaulted the pensioners before ransacking their house in East Dunbartonshire.

Court: Beech was jailed (file pic).
Court: Beech was jailed (file pic). © HEMEDIA / SWNS Group

A bogus water board worker attacked and terrorised an elderly couple in their home.

Andrew Beech, 25, travelled from his home in Sheffield with two accomplices to the pensioners' address in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire.

The high court heard how Beech and his two other men forced their way into the couple's property and demanded £20,000 from them on September 12, 2017.

The men claimed they were from the water board and needed to test the water in the house.

They assaulted the 79-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife, restrained them and ransacked the house, before leaving with a few hundred pounds in cash.

The court heard during the violent incident the elderly man was thrown onto the floor, jumped on and pressed so hard into the hallway carpet that he could not move.

His wife was grabbed from behind in the dining room, pulled on to a chair and restrained.

Her attacker put a gloved hand over her face and pulled her head back forcefully.

'The couple's descriptions were of a terrifying and fast-moving incident.'
Prosecutor Jane Farquharson

Prosecutor Jane Farquharson said: "The couple's descriptions were of a terrifying and fast-moving incident where both were restrained from behind and threatened to ensure their silence and immobility."

Judge Lord Ericht heard how Beech was caught because he left behind cable ties that detectives believe he planned on using to restrain used to restrain 79-year-old man and 76-year-old woman.

Detectives found enough evidence to link Beech to the crime.

The officers managed to arrest him and he was convicted of the September 12, 2017 assault and robbery following proceedings at the High Court in Glasgow earlier this month.

Sentence was deferred to the High Court in Edinburgh in order for Lord Ericht to obtain reports on the crook's character.

'For the sake of a few hundred pounds you launched a criminal enterprise from Sheffield.'
Lord Ericht

Beech was remanded in custody to Low Moss Prison in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire.

On Friday, defence advocate Allan Macleod said Beech maintained he was innocent any wrong doing.

He also said his client was concerned for his daughter's welfare.

He added: "His four-year-old daughter is unaware that her father is in custody. She thinks he is at work.

"He describes it as difficult. He doesn't want his daughter to become aware of the situation."

However, Lord Ericht told Beech that jail was the only option available to him.

He added: "For the sake of a few hundred pounds you launched a criminal enterprise from Sheffield.

"It was a carefully planned robbery against an elderly couple in their own home.

"The sentence will be one of three years."

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.