A DRUG addict left a pensioner feeling violated after knocking her to the ground at a bus stop and swiping her handbag.
Kirsty Moxon (31), of Whitegate Walk, Wingfield, stole a handbag containing £300 and bank cards from Rose Owen (89) while she waited at a bus stop on Roughwood Road, Kimberworth Park, on November 17.
She was jailed for two years and eight months at Sheffield Crown Court today.
Mrs Owen had the strap of her handbag wrapped around her walking frame when Moxon approached her, Ms Laura Marshall, prosecuting, told the court.
Moxon pulled her scarf up around her face and grabbed Mrs Owen’s handbag, pulling the walking frame with it.
Both of them toppled over.
“Blood was coming from [Mrs Owen’s] mouth and nose area and her glasses were smashed,” said Ms Marshall.
Her handbag had contained £300 which she was going to use to pay her bills.
“Police found Mrs Owen on the floor shaking and clearly in shock,” said Ms Marshall.
Mrs Owen was taken to hospital but she was so scared about her house keys, which were in the handbag, being used that she discharged herself before she could be treated.
She suffered a broken arm in the fall which could take up to two years to recover, Ms Marshall said.
Moxon had been spotted on CCTV approaching people for about 15 minutes before she robbed Mrs Owen.
When officers found her she was hiding under the sofa with a needle in one hand and four £10 notes in the other, Ms Marshall said.
She denied the attack but she was identified on CCTV.
Officers also found Mrs Owen’s handbag and a card wrapped in a bin liner near Moxon’s home, along with the defendant’s scarf.
Mrs Owen said in a statement which was read to the court that she felt violated by the robbery and was nervous when she left the house — even to put the bins out.
“It’s not about the money — that can be replaced — it’s the fear,” she said.
Moxon admitted robbery and possession of cocaine at a previous hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.
Mitigating, Ms Joy Merriam said Moxon had been the victim of a serious assault in 2017 which had left her suffering anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Two years later she was forcibly injected with heroin which led to an addiction to class A drugs.
“Ms Moxon is deeply ashamed of her actions on [the day of the robbery],” she said.
Sentencing, Recorder Felicity Davies said: “The effect on Mrs Owen is not only the pain suffered and the prolonged recovery time from her physical injuries, but what you did has made her fearful and nervous.”
An online appeal which was launched after the robbery raised £1,680 for Mrs Owen.