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LIFE FOR OAP ATTACKER.

A THUG who robbed an 88-year-old woman recovering from a heart attack was handed a life sentence yesterday.

Joseph Lannery, 28, will serve at least six years for the attack on Annie Young and will only be freed when the Parole Board consider he no longer poses a danger to the public.

In February last year, Lannery burst into Mrs Young's flat in Dennistoun, Glasgow, and demanded money. She had only been released from hospital days earlier.

He dragged her about the house before fleeing with just pounds 50, leaving the woman, who lives alone, battered and bleeding on the floor. Lannery admitted the assault and robbery a year ago.

The case was delayed after judge Lord Menzies asked for background reports which would allow him to impose an order for lifelong restriction.

After his eventual release, Lannery will be monitored for the rest of his life.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Menzies ruled that such an order was justified, given that Lannery had a record of similar attacks..
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:May 15, 2009
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