A THIEF who robbed an elderly woman at a bus stop is facing a “lengthy custodial sentence”.
Kirsty Moxon (31), of Whitegate Walk, Wingfield, snatched a handbag containing bank cards and more than £300 from Rose Owen (89) while she waited at a bus stop on Roughwood Road, Kimberworth, on November 17.
She also took her walking frame during the robbery, which sparked an outpouring of support for the pensioner. A fundraising page set up to raise money for Mrs Owen brought in £1,680.
Mrs Owen suffered a broken arm and banged her head in the incident.
Moxon pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) to offences of robbery and possession of cocaine.
A police spokeswoman said at the time of the offence: “As the bag was wrapped around the elderly woman’s walking frame, this caused her to fall and she hit her head.
“Over £300 in cash was taken in the incident, along with keys and bank cards.”
Mrs Owen was treated in hospital for her injuries and later recovered at home.
Mitigating, Ms Joy Merriam said Moxon wanted the court to see security footage of the attack because it showed that she did not push or shove Mrs Owen.
“She says she pulled the bag off the frame,” said Ms Merriam.
“She deeply regrets this and knows she faces a lengthy custodial sentence.”
Ms Merriam said Moxon had been a good and caring mother until her recent involvement in illegal drugs.
Judge Jeremy Richardson said the only sentence that could be passed was a prison term.
“The issue for the judge who passes sentence will be how long you are to serve in prison,” he said.
Moxon, who appeared via videolink, was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on January 14.