Sheffield man jailed for robbery of 80-year-old woman

Date published: 16 August 2019 14:12
Dated: 16 August 2019 15:11:41

A 22-year-old Sheffield man has been jailed for robbing an 80-year-old woman in Hillsborough. 

Joseph Neil of Rudyard Road, Sheffield, was handed a two-year jail sentence and ordered to pay £140 victim surcharge at Sheffield Crown Court on 6 August 2019. 

On Thursday 4 April, Neil followed his 80-year-old victim as she walked down Hillsborough Road and stole her handbag containing her house keys, phone and £46, knocking her to the ground in the process. 

She was taken to hospital with minor injuries, after a member of the public rushed to her aid. 

Speaking on the sentencing result, Yvonne Fairbrother, who led the investigation, said: “This was a callous, careless act of violence against a vulnerable victim. 

“I welcome today’s sentencing, and I hope it can offer some reassurance to her, and the public, that we will not let these types of crimes go unpunished.”

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