A woman was robbed of her purse as she walked to her car in Fartown, Huddersfield, despite struggling with the mugger.
Leeds Crown Court heard the 30-year-old victim had just walked past a row of shops in Bradford Road, including a mini-market, when she heard footsteps running behind her.
Andrew Horton prosecuting said Cameron Smith then grabbed at the purse she was holding in her hand and when she kept hold of it there was a “tug of war” over it.
Smith lashed out and caught the woman a blow in the face causing her to let go. She did not know if it was a punch of the flat of his hand but it caused swelling round her eye.
The robber had his hood pulled over his head but she could see his lower face and that he had a beard and moustache.
Her leather purse contained about £55 in cash, bank cards, her Polish identity card and mobile phone so she went to the mini-market to get help to contact the police.
While there she described her attacker and discovered he had been recorded earlier on CCTV nearby. Police officers viewed the footage and were able to identify Smith who denied he was responsible when also picked out by his victim.
Mr Horton said the victim had suffered an asthma attack after the incident and had suffered panic attacks since feeling vulnerable walking to her car.
Katherine Robinson, representing Smith, said he was misusing drugs at that time and was desperate and saw a “potentially easy target.”
The blow had not been deliberate but in the struggle trying to get the purse. He appreciated the impact it must have had on the complainant and was ashamed of his actions.
While in prison he had managed to come off drugs and was hoping to make a fresh start after his release.
Smith, 35 of Woodfield, Edgerton, Huddersfield admitted the robbery on January 27 and was jailed for 12 months.
Recorder Paul Kirtley told him: “What you did was wholly unacceptable and caused great fear to this young lady.”
He said while he was prepared to accept it was a “one off” for Smith since he had nothing similar on his record it had “tainted the complainant’s life, she lives with it every day and that’s your fault.”