Callous thieves who followed an elderly ex-Gurkha soldier into his home and robbed his medal have been jailed.
Jaspal Singh, 30, and Kelly Rogers, 36, followed the 75-year-old soldier into a lift at his block of flats on Station Way in Woolwich.
The victim’s hand was injured as the pair stole his wallet containing cash, his ID card and a sentimental religious gold medal picturing the Hindu god Lord Shiva.
Police tracked down the suspects via CCTV and seized the stolen property at the flat they were living in.
Singh, of Littlemore Road in Abbey Road, was hailed for five years in prison after pleading not guilty and blaming the crime on his co-defendant. He was found guilty after a week-long trial.
Rogers, of Greenwich South Street in Greenwich pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.
DC Deborah Jones of Greenwich CID said: "I have spoken with the victim, and he is pleased and extremely relieved that this callous pair have been sentenced to a combined eight years in jail.
"The Met and the army charity SSAFA are working very closely together to ensure that the Nepalese community, in Greenwich and elsewhere, get all the support that they need to ensure that any perpetrators of crime against this community are brought to justice."Callousthievesfollowedelderlyex-Gurkhasoldierintohomerobbedmedaljailed