Thug who attacked elderly pensioner jailed

Margaret Scheikowski

A man who was on six good-behaviour bonds when he bashed and robbed a frail pensioner in southwest Sydney has been locked up for at least four and a half years.

The then 86-year-old victim, Frank Carlio, used a walking stick and was lured into an underground car park where he was brutally attacked before $560 was taken from him on November 19, 2014.

A few days earlier, Jay Curtis-Hodge had travelled to Sydney from Young, in NSW's southwest, with his then girlfriend, Jennifer Lee Clarke, to buy drugs.

In the NSW District Court on Thursday, Curtis-Hodge was jailed for at least four years and six months for robbery in company, driving recklessly during a police chase and two intimidation matters related to two of the six bonds.

The 31-year-old, who has spent more than half his life in custody, had not slept for more than two weeks at the time of the robbery in Chester Hill.

Judge Andrew Scotting said the offence was a cowardly, vicious attack on a defenceless and partially disabled elderly man.

Mr Carlio, who had just withdrawn $500 from a bank, was lured by Clarke into the car park while Curtis-Hodge hid behind a concrete pole before hitting him from behind and stomping on his head.

Clarke rifled through his pockets while he lay on the ground, and they both rolled him back and forwards to prise his wallet from his pocket.

Mr Carlio suffered injuries including a laceration to his lip, bruising and swelling and a broken denture.

The judge said Curtis-Hodge, who has a history of drug and mental problems, had a dysfunctional upbringing and was remorseful.

Curtis-Hodge, who pleaded guilty to the offences, said he was disgusted and ashamed of himself for his "putrid" actions.

The judge set a maximum term of seven years.