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Man jailed for street attack

19 Dec 2017 15:09 PM

Convicted Christopher Parker [View Full Size]

A thief who assaulted an elderly woman before stealing her handbag has been jailed for four years and 10 months.

The street attack happened on Brierley Road in Cowpen, just before 10am on Wednesday, October 4. 

A 91-year-old woman was walking along the road when Christopher Parker pushed her to the ground and tried to steal her handbag, dragging her along.

Parker then actually summonsed help for the frail victim from a nearby shop. Telling passers-by he was acting as a good Samaritan, Parker joined others in escorting the old lady back to her home.

Once the lady had placed her handbag and purse in the kitchen for safekeeping, Parker stole her purse containing £100 cash.

The victim suffered bruising to her body and was taken to hospital where she was admitted for two weeks. Although her physical injuries were not deemed serious, the physiological trauma has meant the previously-independent woman has not been able to return to her own home, and will now live in respite care.

Parker, 33, of Greenside House, Cowpen, was on Monday (December 18) sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to a total of four years and 10 months in prison.

He pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob and theft.

Detective Constable Chris Forster, of Northern CID, said: "This was a cowardly assault by a strong young man on a clearly elderly woman.

“Parker roughly pushed her to the ground and tried to rip the lady’s handbag from her.

“After convincing passers-by he was acting as a good Samaritan he showed his true colours by callously stealing her purse form within her own home, when she was at her most vulnerable point. 

“He has caused the elderly victim life changing trauma and has left a close knit loving family, absolutely devastated.

"Parker will now have time to fully consider the consequences of his actions as he starts this prison sentence.  This should also serve as a warning to any others that this type of crime will result in a well-deserved spell in jail."