Robber attacked pensioner in Leeds street

Christopher Ledger.
Christopher Ledger.
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A robber who attacked a pensioner and stole her handbag after targeting her in the street has been jailed.

Christopher Ledger was sentenced to two years, nine months over the daytime attack on the 68-year-old victim.

Ledger, 33, targeted the woman on August 7 this year as she walked through an alleyway in the Whinmoor area of Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard how the victim heard footsteps behind her before Ledger jumped on her back and swore at her as he demanded her handbag.

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She was knocked to the floor and suffered a cut to her finger. Ledger managed to grab the bag from her before running off.

Police were called and Ledger, who had been drinking heavily, was caught nearby.

He kicked an officer as he was being arrested.

The woman was later able to identify Ledger after seeing pictures of him on Facebook.

Ledger, of Beach Grove Avenue, Garforth, pleaded guilty to robbery and assault.

He has previous convictions for burglary, criminal damage and harassment.

Richard Reed, mitigating, said Ledger had been drinking at the time and believed his can of lager had been spiked with rohypnol.

Mr Reed said Ledger could barely remember committing the offence and could not explain why he targeted the woman.

He said: “He very much regrets this offence. It is completely out of character. He is completely ashamed of himself and sorry for his actions.”

Recorder Abdul Iqbal said: “You saw her as an easy target and not someone who could easily fight back against you.

“When she entered an allweyway you approached her from behind and attacked her.

“There can be no other sensible interpretation than that.”

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