A WOMAN has been jailed for carrying out a series of knife-point robberies targeting lone females in the student area of Leeds.
Victoria Oddy was caught red-handed when residents in Hyde Park overpowered her after she was seen threatening a victim with a ten-inch blade.
Oddy’s victims were left badly traumatised by the attacks and one still suffers from anxiety and struggles to sleep.
The 27-year-old, of Regent Close, Horsforth, was jailed for three years and 11 months yesterday after pleading guilty to two offences of robbery, attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
Oddy had a £300-a-day drug habit at the time she committed the offences in June and July last year.
She was caught on July 18 after she attacked a student who was walking home from the gym along Blenheim View. Oddy held a knife to the woman’s throat and the blade snapped off as the victim tried to defend herself.
Residents in a nearby house saw the incident and helped detain Oddy.
Narinder Rathour, mitigating, said the offences were committed at a time when Oddy was in fear of dealers.
Mr Rathour said she had endured a troubled upbringing. He said her father died of cancer in 2011 and two days later she discovered she was pregnant to a partner who subsequently abducted and held her prisoner.
The lawyer said Oddy was responding well to treatment in prison, had developed an interest in fitness and going to the gym and had no intention of returning to abusing drugs.