December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
A “callous” robber who robbed a 66-year-old disabled woman in a wheelchair in a Suffolk town centre has been jailed for three years.
Sean Dickson pushed his fist into the woman’s neck above her collarbone and ripped two necklaces from her neck, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
The woman, who was waiting for a taxi after attending a club for elderly people near the Britten Centre in Lowestoft, was left shocked and hysterical after the attack, said Peter Gair, prosecuting.
He said the woman, who has multiple sclerosis, had owned one of the necklaces since she was a teenager and it was worth £200-£300. The other necklace had been purchased more recently for £100.
Shortly after the robbery Dickson had asked a man he knew to take the necklaces to a pawnbrokers for him but he had refused.
Dickson, 21, of no fixed address, admitted robbery on August 16.
Jailing him, Recorder Richard Atchley said: “I take a very serious view of this offence.
“You don’t have to use much force when you target a vulnerable woman with MS in a wheelchair.”
He said the victim had suffered from anxiety since the attack and this would reman in with her every time she went out on her own in her wheelchair in the future.
Warwick Aleeson, for Dickson, accepted the attack was “a thoroughly callous piece of behaviour”.
He said Dickson was ashamed of what he had done and had expressed genuine remorse.