Wales

Drug addicts jailed for robbing 94-year old in Wrexham

Ian Jonathan Thomas and Katie Marie Adams Image copyright North Wales Police
Image caption Ian Jonathan Thomas and Katie Marie Adams admitted robbery

Two drug addicts who robbed a woman, 94, after knocking her down in the street have been jailed.

Ian Jonathan Thomas and Katie Marie Adams targeted their victim in Wrexham, in what a judge described as a "sick and disgusting" attack.

At Mold Crown Court the pair admitted robbery in Linden Avenue, Hightown, on 9 October.

Thomas, 41, of Wrexham, was jailed for nearly four years and Adams, 28, was ordered to serve a three-year term.

Judge Nicolas Parry told them: "Like two animals you saw her for what she was, easy prey."

CCTV footage played to the court showed how the two selected their victim, who had shopping in one hand and a walking stick in the other, before snatching her bag.

Multiple convictions

Adams was quickly identified by police from the footage and the pair were arrested at Thomas's flat at Y Wern, where most of the stolen property was recovered.

Thomas had 63 previous convictions after decades of violence and dishonesty and Adams had previous convictions for 38 offences.

Their victim had been left bruised, with cuts and abrasions and pain to her shoulder.

In a victim impact statement, she said she had lived at her home for 40 years and for the first time felt vulnerable and unsettled.

Prosecutor David Mainstone said she feared they would seek her out at her home.

Her son had fitted CCTV outside her home to make her feel safer, he added.