TWO THUGS who robbed a disabled man who they had befriended are on the run.

David Mercer, 25, and Kirsty Norris, 32, both of Queensway, Brighton, were found guilty of the robbery and five counts of fraud.

They robbed a disabled man in his own home.

Originally they were given suspended prison sentences, but the Solicitor General increased their sentence to three years of immediate custody.

They were supposed to hand themselves in by Thursday last week, but failed to do so.

The Solicitor General said: “This was a brutal, targeted attack against a vulnerable individual, who had already suffered abuse for his disabilities.

“The victim was betrayed and attacked and suffers psychological trauma as a result.

“It is only right that the Court of Appeal has agreed to increase the sentences to reflect this long-lasting harm.”

On the morning of October 16, 2018, the victim saw Norris and invited her to his flat for a meal, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Inside the victim’s home, Norris phoned her boyfriend, signalling the pre-planned attack. Mercer pretended to be a contractor from the council and punched the victim to the face and neck.

Anyone who knows where the vicious couple are should report it to Sussex Police online or call 101 and quote 644 of 16/10/2018.