Moment brave pensioner, 77, fights off robber, 31, with her CRUTCHES after he snatched her bag and tried to cycle away
- Jason Sheldon rode up on a bicycle to mug a 77-year-old woman in Newark
- The pensioner bravely defended herself and beat Sheldon off with her crutch
- The elderly woman was using a crutch as she recently had a knee replacement
- Sheldon, 31, was jailed for six years by Nottingham Crown Court on Friday
This shocking video footage captures the moment a brave elderly woman fought off a robber – with her crutches.
Jason Sheldon, 31, rode up to the 77-year-old victim on a bike and grabbed the strap of her handbag, pulling her back and making her drop one of her sticks.
But the unnamed victim managed to remain standing and bravely tried to fight off Sheldon by hitting him with a crutch she was using following a knee replacement.
This is the moment a 77-year-old woman beat off mugger Jason Sheldon, 31, with her crutch as he tried to steal her handbag on February 28, 2020 in Newark, Nottinghamshire
Sheldon, pictured, cycled off after stealing the elderly woman’s handbag on February 28, 2020
She also shouted at him to give her back her bag, while he retreated on his bike.
Sheldon was yesterday sentenced to six years in prison at Nottingham Crown Court.
Detective Constable John Wilson of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘To attack an elderly and vulnerable woman on crutches in this way is absolutely despicable.
‘When the incident was reported and we saw the video footage we were shocked at how someone could do something like this and we were determined to bring him to justice.’
The incident happened in Newark, Nottinghamshire on February 28, 2020, just after 5.40pm.
Sheldon, who was from the town, managed to ride off with the bag which contained house keys, a rain jacket and a small bag containing loose change.
But his offending continued as he targeted another victim only two minutes later.
The woman, pictured, had just undergone knee replacement surgery shortly before she was attacked
A 52-year-old man had just used a cash machine and was walking back to his home.
But as he was unlocking his front door Sheldon hit him to the side of the head, knocking him to the floor.
He then repeatedly punched him to the head and demanded the cash as the victim was left lying on his side.
The victim fortunately managed to push the cash underneath the front door meaning Sheldon could not get to it.
After threatening the victim, he rode off leaving the man with a concussion, a black eye and lumps to his head.
Sheldon was later arrested and charged and convicted of charged of robbery and attempted robbery following a two-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
DC Wilson added: ‘I’d like to commend the bravery shown by both victims, not only during these appalling crimes but also during our investigations into them.
‘These were callous attacks and Sheldon showed a complete disregard to the victims’ welfare. It’s fortunate that they didn’t suffer even more serious injuries.
‘I hope this conviction and sentencing will serve as a warning to others.’