Drunk attacked frail pensioner at Leeds cash machine

TOWN STREET: The area where the attack took place.
TOWN STREET: The area where the attack took place.
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A DRUNK who attacked and robbed a frail pensioner at a cash machine in Leeds and then taunted his stricken victim has been jailed for five years.

Leeds Crown Court heard David Hutchinson, 40, pushed the 71-year-old man to the 
floor after the pensioner had withdrawn £120 from a cash machine on Town Street, Armley, just after midnight on June 2.

Prosecutor Alan Armbrister said Hutchinson grabbed the cash from the machine, adding: “As he was walking away he taunts the complainant, asking if he wants a tenner.”

The court heard the pensioner, who uses a walking stick, was left shaken and upset.


Hutchinson, of Salisbury Avenue, Armley, was arrested and on August 1 was charged with robbery before being released on police bail.

Mr Armbrister said Hutchinson was on bail when he assaulted the pensioner outside a shop on Town Street just after 11.30pm on October 6.

Hutchinson grabbed the pensioner round the waist and pulled him towards the road before tipping over the pensioner’s shopping trolley, spilling his shopping on to the road and kicking it away.

Last February, Hutchinson was jailed for 32 months for a robbery committed in November 2012.

He robbed the pensioner in Armley while out of prison on licence.

Hutchinson admitted robbery, assault and witness intimidation.

Mitigating, Ian Cook said Hutchinson was a long-term heroin and crack cocaine addict and had been drinking heavily when he committed the offences.

Mr Cook said: “He would wish to apologise to the pensioner.”

Jailing Hutchinson for five years, Judge Tom Bayliss told him: “I’m quite satisfied this was pre-planned. You pushed him against the wall, he had a walking stick and he fell over and you took £120, a significant amount for a man of that age.”