‘Barbaric’ pair convicted after pouring boiling water over elderly couple

PUBLISHED: 14:12 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 21:44 23 February 2017

Daniel Wallace and Kacey Adams

Daniel Wallace and Kacey Adams


The two men violently raided a home in Halstead belonging to a couple in their 60s in April last year

Two ‘barbaric and cruel’ thugs who tied up an elderly couple and tortured them with boiling water have admitted committing burglary and assault.

Kacey Adams, 33, and Daniel Wallace, 32, smashed their way into a property in London Road, Halstead, belonging to a couple in their 60s on April 26 last year.

The victims were tied up and repeatedly assaulted as the men demanded money. Boiling water from a kettle was poured over their heads and bodies and they were also both beaten and threatened with a knife and a hot iron.

The ordeal lasted almost two hours, before Adams and Wallace eventually fled at around 11pm, with a quantity of stolen cash and jewellery. Police were alerted shortly after, when the man managed to untie himself and both victims were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The woman suffered around 30 per cent burns to her body and required treatment in an intensive care unit for a number of months.


Adams, formerly of Covert Road, Hainault, Ilford and Wallace, of no fixed address were arrested on May 31 at Heathrow Airport where they had returned from a shopping trip in Dubai.

They were remanded in custody after each being with charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of grievous bodily harm.

Both men then appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on February 23 2017 and pleaded guilty to all the charges.

Sentencing has been adjourned to a later date.

Detective inspector James Derham: “Adams and Wallace were responsible for crimes which can only be described as barbaric and cruel beyond words. The elderly woman had two kettles of boiling water poured onto her, inflicting horrific burns and injuries, which could quite easily have proved fatal. The psychological scars that both victims are continuing to deal with are unimaginable.

“This is an extremely rare case and once that has shocked a very experienced investigation team. I would like to thank the victims for their courage and assistance in helping bring these men to justice and I hope when these two men are sentenced it will least provide some comfort and closure.”

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