HMA V Andrew Beech

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, 18 May 2018, Lord Ericht sentenced Andrew Beech to 3 years imprisonment for restraining and robbing a couple in their home after pretending to be from the Water Company.

On sentencing, Lord Ericht made the following statement in court:

“You have been found guilty of assault and robbery. You and your companions pretended to be from the Water Company to gain admission to the home of a couple in their seventies. Once inside, the couple were physically restrained. You subjected them to a terrifying ordeal for the sake of a few hundred pounds. Your criminal operation was launched from Sheffield with three vehicles and involved a high level of preparation and planning.

I have given careful consideration to what has been said on your behalf today and to the letters of support which I have received. I have also considered the Criminal Justice Social Work Report and the psychological report by Dr Ross. In particular I have considered your previous convictions, and taken into account your clean record since 2014 and that although you have served short prison sentences these have not been for analogous crimes. It is significant that no weapons were used. It is also significant that the couple were not injured.

Nevertheless, you participated in a carefully planned robbery of an elderly couple in their own home. The Social Work report assesses you as of medium risk of causing serious harm. 

I sentence you to a period of imprisonment of 3 years. The sentence will be backdated to 20 September 2017.”