Man jailed for attempting to rob frail woman - Bedford

05/05/2016

A cowardly crook, who targeted a frail 77-year-old woman to rob after spotting her walking in Rothsay Road in Bedford, had not bargained on her putting up such resistance.

Jumping out of his van, Akhtar Hussain sneaked up behind the lady and then tried to snatch her bag. But Luton Crown Court heard the pensioner, described in court as "frail" wasn't about to give up her bag without a struggle. She held onto it and, even when she tumbled to the pavement, wouldn't let go. In the end, Hussain was forced to give up and ran back to his van empty handed.

Today, Thursday, 05 May 2016, a jury found him guilty of attempted robbery of the elderly woman at about 1.30pm on 18 August last year.

Passing sentence on Hussain, of Old Ford End Road, Bedford, Judge Michael Kay QC told him: "She was obviously frail and vulnerable and selected for this offence because of her frailty and vulnerability. You were in a white van borrowed from your uncle and must have been searching for someone to rob." The Judge said at the time Hussain had been homeless and desperate for money.

During the trial, the jury heard that in the struggle with the plucky pensioner, Hussain's mobile phone had fallen from his pocket and in his haste to get away he left it at the scene of the crime in Rothsay Road outside a nursing home. Hussain tried to make out he had lost the phone shortly before the offence, but the court heard it had been in use just minutes before the attempted robbery and connected to contacts in the phone.

The court was told that Hussain is currently serving a sentence for a dwelling house burglary which is due to end in September.

Judge Kay jailed him for two years for the attempted robbery, but ordered that this sentence won't start until he had completed his present jail term.

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