Rhona Mary Gracey (36) and Sharon Mary Faustina Harland (47), having previously pleaded guilty to the pensioner’s manslaughter, were today, Monday, April 3, sentenced at Belfast Crown Court.
Gracey was sentenced to nine years imprisonment, half to be served in custody and the remainder on licence.
Mr Justice O’Hara sentenced Harland to seven years and six months, half in custody and half on licence.
The pensioner had been rushed to hospital after he was found with serious injuries in the Termon Street area of the city on Monday, 23 July, 2018.
Ten months later, on May 1, 2019, he died in hospital as a result of these injuries.
Detective Inspector Claire McGarvey from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team said: “This was a vicious, unprovoked assault on Daniel Guyler, an elderly man who was brutally beaten and robbed of his wallet.
“After attacking him, Gracey and Harland left him lying on the ground with serious injuries.
“They have now been made amenable for their heinous crimes.
“We want to pay tribute to the local community in the city who came forward with information which assisted our detectives during this investigation, our Criminal Justice Partners – the Public Prosecution Service and Forensic Science Northern Ireland – and our dedicated team of detectives who have worked to bring these two women before the court to ensure they are held accountable for the horrific crimes they committed.”