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Kidderminster thief who strangled elderly lover who passed out jailed
4:10pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A THIEF who strangled his elderly lover until he passed out so he could steal money from his pension has been jailed for five years.
Christopher Morris, 28, of Kidderminster, was found guilty of robbery by a unanimous jury at Worcester Crown Court today. The court had heard how Morris and the 70-year-old had occasionally slept together but on September 8 last year Morris had shown up at the man's Kidderminster home unannounced.
They had sex and afterwards Morris took £15 from a bureau, strangling the older man until he fell unconscious when he protested.
Judge Michael Cullum told him while the amount of money had not been large, it had great value to his victim as part of his pension and said because of his actions, the man had been forced to reveal to his family that he was homosexual.
"What you did was to attack him in his own home," he said. "He blacked out as a result of you strangling him and you stole his money. You callously checked that he was still breathing and you drank his money away."
Morris, of Dunlin Drive, Kidderminster, was jailed for five years.
The court had previously heard how the two men had met while out cycling along the canal towpath with a mutual acquaintance five years earlier.
They had struck up an occasional physical relationship but the 70-year-old had asked Morris not to call around again. He said he had only "reluctantly" let Morris in on the night of the attack.
Defending, Sally Cairns said Morris was being treated for mental health issues at Kidderminster Hospital and had been prescribed anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs.
In mitigation, she said the robbery had not been pre-planned and he had not used a weapon. He had "clearly" been suffering from depression, she added, and had considered suicide.