THE daughter-in-law of an elderly widow killed in a street robbery in Greenford has said the two teenagers responsible should serve their full sentences.
Partially-sighted grandmother Paula Castle, 85, was knocked down by Jiervon Bartlett and Nayed Hoque, both 15, who snatched her bank cards in broad daylight last November.
The teens were sentenced for manslaughter for a total of six years at the Old Bailey on May 9, before their anonymity was lifted.
The victim’s relative, Jane Castle, said: “The sentence is rather short, very short. The boys have committed so many other crimes and their history is atrocious. Six years is not great but I do not know what the judge could have done because they are juveniles. I think his hands are tied by the legal system.
“I feel there has been some justice but they really need to serve those six years and not come out.”
Ms Castle, who lives in Ealing, said she thinks it is good that the anonymity has been lifted.
She said by being named the public are more aware of the boys and hopefully will be more protected, but added that she does not know whether it will actually make a difference.
The mother-of-three said: "My 13-year-old son was very distressed when the sentence came through, he was actually vomiting. My 15-year-old is autistic and he keeps asking where granny is so that’s been really hard. I have not told him how she died, I just tell him she is in heaven with daddy and grandpa.”
Ms Castle said she feels that she has some closure and is trying to move on but it is difficult. She added that the police have been very supportive and that she has been impressed with their liaison officer.
Bartlett, of Sentinel Close, Northolt, and Hoque, of Wentworth Mews, Bow, used the victim’s cards to buy takeaways, mobile phone top-ups and Nike trainers. The teenagers, who were initially charged with murder, both admitted manslaughter and two counts of robbery.
They also owned up to a separate robbery of Rose Mohamed, 75, the following day, in which a handbag and £120 in cash were taken.
At the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Fulford branded them a danger to the public as he handed them extended sentences and lifted a ban on revealing their identities.
He said: “The killing of Mrs Castle was a particularly despicable offence. It was markedly serious in my view and detestable given her so obvious frailty.”
Bartlett and Hoque will each be on licence for seven years when they are released from their three year spells in youth detention.