Man jailed for robbery - Sandy

17/07/2017

A man, who robbed an 85-year-old woman as she was walking in Sandy, has today, Monday, 17 July 2017, been jailed for two years and eight months.

Jonathan Stimson, aged 42, ran up behind the woman as she was waking along Newton Way in the town and grabbed her handbag from off her shoulder.

At Luton Crown Court, Stimson, of Park Mews, Park Road in Biggleswade, pleaded guilty to an offence of robbing the woman on 6 March this year.

Adam Butler, prosecuting, said the victim had been shopping in Sandy that day and was making her way home when Stimson struck. The bag he grabbed contained the woman's purse and £90 in cash.

Stimson was soon identified and arrested.

Judge Michael Kay QC, hearing the case, was told the robbery had left the woman feeling frightened to leave her home.

Matthew Kirk, defending, said up until 2008 Stimson had led a law abiding life and was happily married with a home of his own and running his own demolition business. But he said when his father became ill, Stimson had become his full time carer which, in turn, created relationship problems in his marriage, which came to an end. As a result, he said Stimson had found himself homeless and had started taking heroin.

Passing sentence, Judge Kay told Stimson: "You were intent on taking that handbag off her. You identified her as easy prey." The Judge said we should be able to live in a society where an 85-year-old woman can go to the shops without fear of being targeted in such a way.

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