December 9 2013 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A man who tried to mug an 80-year-old woman and her 90-year-old husband has been jailed for three years.
Peter Bramley, of Old Market Street, Thetford, attacked the couple on August 3 in a car park on Guildhall Street. The victim was loading shopping into her car when Bramley threatened her and her husband, before putting his arm around the woman’s neck and demanding money from her.
The victim resisted and was then aided by members of the public who chased Bramley off. He was caught and arrested by police soon after.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted robbery and another of having an article with a blade in a public place at Norwich Crown Court on Monday.
Inspector Terry Lordan, local policing commander for Thetford, said: ““This was a particularly cowardly and despicable crime where the offender has targeted an elderly lady and subjected both her and her husband to a terrifying ordeal.
“The punishment issued by the court reflects the seriousness of this offence and I hope it will offer some comfort to the victim and relief to the local community.
“Attacks like this are rare and hopefully the sentence will send out a warning to those who would commit this type of crime that we will pursue them and put them before the courts to face the repercussions.”