CCTV shows thugs follow pensioner to his home where they beat him

Chilling CCTV shows two thugs follow frail pensioner, 69, on mobility scooter from pub to his home where they beat and robbed him then left him to die – as both are jailed for life for his murder

  • Robert Morrison died in hospital six days after being violently beaten at home  
  • Succumbed to pneumonia brought on by assault which left him with broken ribs 
  • Ian Knowles and Ismaila Mohamed, both 20, were convicted of his murder 

Chilling CCTV footage has revealed the moment two thugs followed a frail pensioner to his home before battering and robbing him then leaving him to die.    

Robert Morrison, 69, who needed a mobility scooter to get about, died in hospital six days after being violently beaten at home in Kings Heath, Birmingham, on December 10, 2018.

He succumbed to pneumonia brought on by the assault, which had left him with three broken ribs and bruising over his face and body.

Ian Knowles and Ismaila Mohamed, both 20, were convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court after a trial in January, and sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday.

Pictured: Killers Ian Knowles and Ismaila Muhamed, both 20, were caught on CCTV footage following Robert Morrison, 69, home 

Mr Morrison, who needed a mobility scooter to get about, died in hospital six days after being violently beaten at home in Kings Heath, Birmingham, on December 10, 2018

On the night of the robbery, Knowles and Mohamed had been caught on CCTV waiting for hours for Mr Morrison to come out of the pub.

As the pensioner left on his scooter, the pair were then seen heading towards his flat where, just 15 minutes after he arrived, they subjected him to a brutal, violent robbery.

A short time later Knowles and Mohamed were recorded trying to use their victim’s bank card.

When they were unsuccessful, they returned to Mr Morrison’s flat, where they attacked him again.

Knowles was identified after police checks on the address showed Mr Morrison had a history of issues with the defendant.


Ian Knowles and Ismaila Mohamed, both 20, were convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court after a trial in January, and sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday

Officers attended Knowles’ bail hostel and, during a search, Knowles, of Waterloo Road, Smethwick, returned and was arrested.

Footprints recovered at the crime scene and phone analysis led detectives to Mohamed, of Stirling Road, Edgbaston, who had previously lived at the same hostel as Knowles.

A key fob to Mr Morrison’s address was found in Mohamed’s room, along with three watches and a phone, all belonging to the victim.

On the night of the robbery, Knowles and Mohamed had been caught on CCTV waiting for hours for Mr Morrison (pictured) to come out of the pub

As the pensioner left on his scooter, the pair were then seen heading towards his flat (pictured) where, just 15 minutes after he arrived, they subjected him to a brutal, violent robbery

Knowles was jailed for a minimum of 19 years for murder, with a further nine years for robbery, and one year, 14 days for possession of a knife and cannabis, to be served concurrently.

Mohamed was sentenced to a 17-year minimum term for the killing, with nine years for robbery, to be served concurrently.

Speaking after the men’s conviction, Detective Inspector Wes Martin, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘Mr Morrison was a frail man, who used a mobility scooter, and it would have been obvious to the pair that he was vulnerable and unable to defend himself.

‘Yet this callous pair continued to rob and assault him, resulting in his tragic death.’ 

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