Pair jailed for robbing Plean pensioner in his home

Allana Wood and James Cowan
Allana Wood and James Cowan

A man and woman responsible for robbing a 70-year-old man in his home in the village of Plean have been jailed.

Appearing at the High Court in Livingston James Cowan and Allana Wood were sentenced to eight years and five months and five years and four months in prison respectively.

Cowan (39) and Wood (33) broke into a house in Main Street in the early hours of Saturday, June 6 and began searching the property for items to steal. The elderly victim was within the address at the time and when he confronted the pair, he was forced to drive to a nearby bank where he was made to withdraw cash before being taken back to his home.

At this time the man was tied up and Cowan and Wood stole various personal belongings before leaving the property.

After managing to free himself the victim contacted police and, after officers investigated the matter, both Cowan and Wood were identified and subsequently charged.

Detective Inspector Kenny McAndrew, who led the investigation, said: “This was an absolutely terrifying ordeal for the homeowner to endure and it was made all the more upsetting by the theft of various items of property from his home, which had great financial and sentimental value to him.

“James Cowan and Allana Wood showed little to no remorse for the impact their actions had on their victim and the sentences handed to them reflect our commitment to removing acquisitive and violent crime offenders from our communities.

“Thankfully, incidents such as this are rare, but whenever they do occur, we will dedicate all the necessary resources to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”