‘My mum’s murderer told her he was a policeman, it was an act of pure evil’


“Evil” Amos Wilsher tricked 88-year-old Josephine Kaye into her home when he claimed he was a police officer before repeatedly throwing her to the floor and staling a safe containing £20,000

Josephine Kaye was tricked into letting Wilsher into her home

A “shattered” daughter has paid tribute to her “wonderful, kind, generous and compassionate” mum as the “pure evil” murdered who beat her to death is jailed for life.

Amos Wilsher, 29, tricked great-grandmother Josephine Kaye, 88, into letting him into her home by claiming he was a police officer before ripping her security pendant from her wrist, threatening her with a screwdriver, beating her to death and stealing £20,000 , you have been jailed for life.

Josephine suffered a broken leg, a fractured thigh, and significant bruises in the attack in which she was repeatedly thrown to the floor and eventually died of her injuries, Stoke on Trent Live reports.

Wilsher was arrested by Staffordshire Police when evidence linked him to the scene, including DNA on a security light and soap tin and fragments from her cupboard in his car.







Amos Wilsher has been jailed for at least 38 years for the attacks on Josephine and Arthur Gumbley
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Wilsher was pictured buying a screwdriver which was later found to have his DNA
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A four-week trial at Coventry Crown Court heard Wilsher acted alone when he posed as a gas firm worker to remove a padlock from a gate before killing Mrs Kaye and stealing her safe containing £20,000.

Wilsher, from Derbyshire, has been jailed for life after being convicted of murdering both Josephine and fellow Staffordshire pensioner Arthur Gumbley who he attacked with his brother, Jason.







Interior view of Arthur Gumbley’s ransacked home
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Arthur Gumbley’s door
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He will serve at least 38 years in prison.

In a statement her daughter Barbara said: “Nothing can bring my dearest mum back to me or my family.

“My mum was simply a wonderful person, who was kind, generous and compassionate to everyone. Her youthful, positive, outgoing approach to life was a true inspiration, not only to me but to all our family.







Mrs Kaye’s home in which she was attacked by Amos Wilsher
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“My mum was not only a wonderful mother to my sister and I, but she was also a wonderful nanna and great-nanna.

“I speak on behalf of my family. My mum was more than just a mum or nanna, she was a best friend and the person we could all rely on for help, advice and unconditional love, along with her cheeky infectious sense of humour. My mum was the boss of the family, and she held us all together.







Arthur Gumbley, known as Bob, was attacked by the Wilsher brothers and died of his injuries
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Mr Gumbley was repeatedly punched in the attacked by the Wilsher brothers
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“She has been taken from us far too early, and in such a senseless cruel and evil way, perpetrated by pure evil. My mum was simply minding her own business in her own home.

“We have been left shattered by these events and will never comprehend why this tragic event took place. Justice has been delivered, but why should older vulnerable people have to live in fear of being subjected to being terrorized in their own homes by absolute cowards. This should not happen but is all too familiar in today’s society.







Jason Wilsher has also been jailed for his part in the murder of Mr Gumbley
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“My mum was a truly wonderful woman who was loved, admired and respected by so many people and her memory will never fade, her spirit has been with me throughout.”

Amos Wilsher teamed up with his 23-year-old brother, Jason Wilsher, during the attack which led to the murder of Arthur Gumbley.

Jason Wilsher must serve at least 25 years in prison.







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The pair burst into the retired company director’s £700,000 bungalow in Little Aston, West Midands, and repeatedly punched and kicked him as he lay helplessly on the ground.

He was also dragged across the floor suffering carpet burns to his back and had a watch forcibly pulled from his wrist, skinning the flesh from his hand.

The OAP, known as Bob, was found in a pool of blood and rushed to hospital where he was treated for severe bruising to his left eye, neck, chest, hands and right arm.







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Police released shocking pictures of Mr Gumbley’s injuries as he lay in his hospital bed before he passed away from them three weeks later on December 12, 2017.

Amos Wilsher was arrested at a hotel and spa in Lincoln two weeks after the second murder, while his brother was originally found guilty of Mr Gumbley’s murder in 2019 but was granted a re-trial despite DNA evidence linking him to the scene.







Arthur ‘Bob’ Gumbley, aged 87 after the attack in his hospital bed
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Following yesterday’s sentences at Coventry Crown Court, Detective Chief Inspector Dan Ison, from Staffordshire Police’s Major Investigations Department, said: “The sentences handed to the Wilsher brothers reflect the level of planning, brutality and ruthlessness of what the brothers were prepared to put their victims through to steal their belongings whilst in the safety of their own homes.

“Their targeting of the vulnerable and elderly across our region has now come to an end and following their incarceration, Staffordshire is undoubtedly now a safer place to live.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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