Brothers accused of brutally murdering Arthur Gambli and vandalizing widower’s bungalow

An alleged intruder killed two elderly homeowners – including a well-known widower from Birmingham – during a “vicious” robbery, a court has heard.

Amos Wilsher is charged with the murders of 87-year-old Arthur Gambli and 88-year-old Josephine Kaye in 2017 and 2020.

His younger brother Jason is also facing trial at Coventry Crown Court, who is accused of murdering widower Mr. Gumballi.

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Mr Gumbally died in December 2017 three weeks after being punched and kicked at his home in Endwood Drive in Little Aston, near Sutton Coldfield.

The brothers denied murder, with further charges of conspiracy to rob and injure with intent related to the third pensioner who attacked his home in Derbyshire.

Prosecutor Simon Dennison QC said 22-year-old Jason Wilsher, Amos Wilsher and a third person were alleged to have been taken into the bungalow of retired business owner Mr Gumbally on the evening of Tuesday 21 November 2017.

He is also accused of involvement in the 2017 attack on third victim Dennis Taylor at Criswell, near Bolswehr.

The Crown alleges that Amos Wilsher acted alone at Mrs Kaye’s home in Stoke-on-Trent on the night of Thursday 27 February 2020, breaking her leg while wearing a mask and gloves, and stealing cash.

She also died in hospital about three weeks after being injured.

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The barrister said of Mr Gumbally: “A team of three robbers broke the quiet routine of his life.

“The team of three traveled to Little Aston in a Mazda RX8 car that had been purchased the previous day for use in their criminal activities in London.

“He had traveled south from the Tibshelf area of ​​Derbyshire. He had circled around the area where Arthur Gumbally lived in search of easy targets.

“Two of them broke into his house by breaking the window of the kitchen door at the back of the house and turning the key.

“When he went to investigate, they made a vicious attack on him inside his own house. They punched him in the face, slammed him to the ground.

“They kicked him in the shoulder and back, they dragged him through their house, they ripped his watch from his wrist, they tore the delicate skin off the back of his hand.

“They ransacked his house, and they took away money, his late wife’s jewelery items, and many antiquities that he had accumulated during his long life.”

Arthur 'Bob' Gumbally, 87, suffered grievous injuries in a 'cowardly' heist by two thugs
Arthur ‘Bob’ Gumbally, 87, suffered grievous injuries in a ‘cowardly’ heist by two thugs

Mr Dennison added: “On the evening of Thursday 27 February 2020 there was another robbery.

“The victim was Josephine Kaye. She was 88 years old, and she was just 4 feet 8 inches tall.

“She lived alone in a bungalow in Stoke-on-Trent, where she lived for many years. Like Arthur Gumbally, she had worked hard all her life to feed and support her family.

“That Thursday evening, he was attacked by a man acting alone in his house. He was wearing a mask and gloves.

“He entered her house by ringing the doorbell, and when he answered it, he claimed to be a policeman and he forced her to go inside. He made a vicious attack on her inside his own house. Ripped off his ‘lifeline’. Safety pendant from his wrist.

“He repeatedly threw her on the ground, he dragged her into his house and he threatened her with a screwdriver. He found her safe in a cupboard and demanded that she tell him the code, which she couldn’t.”

Arthur 'Bob' Gumbally is said to have been in 'good health' before the November 21 attack
Arthur ‘Bob’ Gumbally is said to have been in ‘good health’ before the November 21 attack

Mr Dennison told the court: “While she was in the hospital she was able to tell the police what she remembered.

“But, as was the case with Arthur Gumbally, he had a number of pre-existing medical conditions, and his age and his weakness were such that the effects of the injuries, and the complications they caused, were too great for his body to withstand. He died in the hospital on Tuesday 17 March 2020.

“The prosecution’s case is that Amos Wilsher was the man who forcibly broke into Josephine Kaye’s home and robbed her and inflicted the injuries that led to her death.”

Near Alfreton, Amos and Jason Wilsher, both formerly of Tibshelf, deny the allegations.

Trial continues.

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