A lady has been jailed for a mugging which left an 88-year-old lady “battered and bruised” and dealing with “lifelong” struggling.
Rosanna Cooper, 31, was sentenced to seven years in jail for theft, fraud and a number of other drug offences at Bristol Crown Court docket in the present day (September 9).
In what was described as a “despicable” act by police, Cooper snatched the purse of Joan Hollington as she walked down the highway along with her husband on January 10, 2019.
Mrs Hollington was strolling down Colonel Stephens Approach, in Weston-super-Mare, when Cooper snatched her purse. She was thrown so violently to the bottom she suffered a damaged nostril, a fractured wrist and extreme bruising, most notably to her face.
On the time of the incident, Avon and Somerset police launched photos of Mrs Hollington’s horrific accidents of their try to convey the wrongdoer to justice.
Rosanna Cooper, 31, of no fastened handle, admitted fraudulent use of the pensioner’s card, which she claims she was given. She denied duty for the theft however was found guilty by a jury.
Sufferer left ‘frightened and nervous’ to exit
In an announcement learn out in courtroom as Cooper was sentenced, Mrs Hollington gave a heartbreaking account of how the theft has affected her life.
She mentioned: “I didn’t need to exit for fairly some time. I felt secure within the hospital and I might chill out within the hospital however coming residence it quite hit me and I didn’t sleep so properly as soon as I got here residence.
“Going out, I might go together with my husband and I might hold on to him like a limpet.
“I’m a bit higher now however I’m nonetheless very anxious if I’m by myself. I seize my bag like mad after I’m by myself.
“This incident has impacted on me significantly in so many alternative methods.
“The bodily trauma, which resulted in damaged bones and on-going care and rehabilitation, which has left me with everlasting lowered flexibility in my wrists and misaligned enamel.
“The psychological trauma, which has left me frightened and nervous each time I am going out and particularly when persons are strolling in the direction of me.
“Additionally the nightmares and flashbacks of the incident, which have been a continuing reminder of the terrifying incident.
“I’m very anxious after I’m by myself and do not get pleasure out of going out like I used to.
“I simply could not perceive why anybody would need to do something like that.”
The courtroom additionally heard how Mrs Hollington was left unable to see her son for a time, who has terminal most cancers.
Her husband mentioned the incident had affected each side of the couple’s lives, and it saddens him to see his spouse left so motionless now when she was so lively.
He mentioned: “It actually has been heartbreaking for us all.”
Cooper was additionally indicted on numerous drug offences, which included the possession and provide of Class A substances diamprphine and crack cocaine. The offences confirmed her involvement in a county strains drug provide operation in Weston.
She claims to have been shocked when she was introduced in for questioning, assuming it was in relation to the drug offences, and was accused of the theft.
Throughout the trial and her sentencing, Cooper expressed deep regret for the influence her crime had on these concerned.
Cooper ‘within the grips of an terrible drug dependancy’
Emma Martine, defending, mentioned Cooper was “very distressed” to be taught of the circumstances of the theft when proven images of Mrs Hollington’s accidents.
She informed the courtroom: “She had a troublesome upbringing and have become hooked on medication at a younger age, however to her credit score she was capable of rid herself of the dependancy and for round 10 years remained drug-free and was a pillar to her neighborhood.
“She was enrolled on a nursing course as properly, however all of that got here crumbling down when she suffered essentially the most appalling assault of home violence. Placing it merely, she was given diamorphine whereas convey handled in hospital for her accidents and resulting from that and the psychological trauma she suffered she resorted again to drug use.
“It doesn’t excuse her actions however it offers some background as to why, by January 2019 when the theft occurred, she was within the grips of an terrible drug dependancy.”
Ms Martin mentioned this trial had been Cooper’s first go to to crown courtroom and famous her lack of prison historical past.
His Honour Decide Lambert acknowledged the “life-threatening” incidents which had led Cooper’s drug behavior to spiral uncontrolled, saying it was “harrowing in its personal proper”.
Cooper has been in custody since her arrest and he or she has been described as a “mannequin prisoner” who’s making an attempt to show her life round as soon as extra.
His Honour Decide Lambert sentenced her to 5 years for the theft and two years for drug offences.
He mentioned: “You had a really poor begin in life however as you moved into maturity you probably did properly for a few years earlier than you suffered a life-threatening act.
“The trauma engendered by that violence triggered you to return to medication and since then you may have led a determined and marginalised existence, resulting in the bag snatch of an 80-year-old girl.
“That previous girl was left battered and bruised and her struggling would possibly properly be lifelong.
“The sentence is a crushing one however it needs to be so,” Decide Lambert added.
The decide then awarded an official commendation to Detective Constable Stevenson, from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, who labored tirelessly alongside fellow officers to convey a conviction on this case.
Detective Stevenson mentioned: “Cooper is somebody who lives a chaotic way of life and who thought nothing of the implications of her actions.
“In stealing what was a comparatively small sum of money to purchase medication and cigarettes she has dramatically modified the standard of lifetime of an aged lady.
“She has regularly refused to take duty for what she did and I hope the sentence she has acquired in the present day brings consolation to her sufferer that justice has been completed.”
For the newest information in and round Bristol, test again on Bristol Live’s homepage