Robber attacked woman in multi storey Leeds car park

Gareth McClean.

Gareth McClean.

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A robber who targeted a woman late at night in a multi-storey car park in Leeds city centre has been jailed for 20 months.

Gareth McClean attacked the woman as she made her way home from a night out with her friends.

Leeds Crown Court heard the attack took place around 10pm on August 24 this year in a car park on York Street.

Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said McClean grabbed the woman’s handbag from her shoulder and pulled her to the ground.

The victim was dragged along the floor as she was unable to let go of the handbag strap as McClean was pulling it so tightly.

The prosecutor said: “She was absolutely petrified.”

The victim was left holding and her car keys and mobile phone and was followed by McClean as she ran down a staircase.

She managed to run out onto the road and raised the alarm.

Ms Pryke added: “She was targeted because she was a lone, vulnerable female, and is now very weary about going out on her own at night.”

McClean, of Mabgate, Leeds, was arrested and refused to comment but later became upset and said he had targeted the victim because she was on her own.

He pleaded guilty to robbery. He has previous convictions for robbery, theft and attempted robbery.

Richard Reed, mitigating, said McClean carried out the offence as he was addicted to crack cocaine and was desperate for cash.

He said McClean was ashamed and sorry for what he had done.

Jailing McClean, judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “It must have terrified her.”