AN ELDERLY disabled man was battered with a stick and robbed by a couple in his own home in Cowdenbeath.

The victim, who had suffered two strokes previously and only had one eye, was battered on the head with a walking stick.

During the assault, he was also struck on his remaining eye. The couple involved were both drug addicts.

The sickening incident occurred after Jacqueline Allan went to the man’s door saying she was homeless and had no money.

Once inside, she demanded cash then went to get her partner. They returned together and robbed the man.

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court, the attacker, Kevin Lusk, 39, of Quarry Court, Cowdenbeath, was jailed for 30 months.

Jacqueline Allan, 37, of the same address, avoided a prison sentence for her part in the crime.

The pair submitted guilty pleas after the victim had given his evidence at a trial.

Lusk admitted that on September 5, 2020, at Factory Road, Cowdenbeath, he assaulted the man, demanded money from him, struck him on the head with a walking stick to his injury and robbed him of a wallet, £280 in cash and cigarettes.

Allan admitted stealing the wallet and cash.

Defence solicitor Aime Allan, representing Allan, said: “The underlying issue was her use of illicit substances at the time.”

She conceded: “She has a bad record for dishonesty and that will give the court cause for concern.”

The court was told Lusk was also “abusing illegal substances” at the time.

Sheriff Susan Duff described Allan as a “calculating” individual who had “cynically” tried to shift the blame onto the victim by portraying him as a sexual predator.

The sheriff told Allan: “Your victim had suffered two strokes and had only one eye.

“You knocked at his door and said you were homeless. He gave you £20 and you saw he had a significant amount of money in his wallet.”

Allan then told the man she would not leave until he gave her £40.

She did leave but returned with Lusk, who assaulted the man.

The sheriff went on: “He hit him on the one eye he has and hit him with a stick on the head.”

She told Allan: “You inveigled your way into this man’s home. This was an elderly man, minding his own business at home.”

The sheriff imposed a community payback order on Allan with 150 hours of unpaid work. Allan was also ordered to pay the victim £1,000 compensation.

Lusk was jailed for 30 months.