Woman jailed for robbery which left pensioner, 88, with multiple injuries

PUBLISHED: 15:54 09 September 2019 | UPDATED: 16:05 09 September 2019

Rosanna Cooper was given a seven year prison sentence. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Rosanna Cooper was given a seven year prison sentence. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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A woman who left a pensioner with multiple injuries after robbing her of her handbag in Weston-super-Mare has been jailed for seven years today (Monday).

Police released shocking images of the victim to appeal for information.Police released shocking images of the victim to appeal for information.

Rosanna Cooper pulled Joan Hollington's bag off her arm on Colonel Stephens Way on 10 January, causing her to fall to the floor.

The pensioner, aged 88, suffered a broken nose, a fractured wrist and severe bruising as a result of the incident.

MORE: Woman charged after robbery of 88-year-old in Weston.

After taking the bag, Cooper ran off down an alleyway where she dumped it having taken cash and a bank card from inside.

Joan Hollington was left with a broken nose, fractured wrist and severe bruising.Joan Hollington was left with a broken nose, fractured wrist and severe bruising.

She then used her victim's bank card to attempt to buy cigarettes from a shop on Baker Street but the card was declined having already been cancelled with the assistance of one or the paramedics who treated the victim.

Cooper was subsequently identified from the shop's CCTV footage.

The 31-year-old, of no fixed address, was convicted of robbery following a trial at Bristol Crown Court on July 16 having previously admitted fraud by false representation.

MORE: Robber found guilty of 'despicable' attack on pensioner.

Joan Hollington was walking along Colonel Stephens Way when her bag was snatched.Joan Hollington was walking along Colonel Stephens Way when her bag was snatched.

She was sentenced today at the same court to five years for the robbery and two years for a separate unconnected drugs offence. The sentences will run consecutively.

In a victim personal statement read out at court, Mrs Hollington said the incident has caused her both 'physical and mental trauma'.

She said: "After the mugging, I didn't want to go out for quite a while. I felt safe in the hospital and I could relax in the hospital but coming home it rather hit me and I didn't sleep so well once I came home.

"Going out, I would go with my husband and I would hang on to him like a limpet.

"I'm a bit better now but I'm still very anxious if I'm on my own. I grab my bag like mad when I'm on my own."

"This incident has impacted on me greatly in so many different ways.

"The physical trauma, which resulted in broken bones and on-going care and rehabilitation, which has left me with permanent reduced flexibility in my wrists and misaligned teeth.

"The mental trauma, which has left me frightened and nervous every time I go out and especially when people are walking towards me.

"Also the nightmares and flashbacks of the incident, which have been a constant reminder of the terrifying incident."

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Matthew Stevenson, said: "Cooper is someone who lives a chaotic lifestyle and who thought nothing of the consequences of her actions.

"In stealing what was a relatively small amount of money to buy drugs and cigarettes she has dramatically changed the quality of life of an elderly woman.

"She has continually refused to take responsibility for what she did and I hope the sentence she has received today brings comfort to her victim that justice has been done."

For more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mercury.

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