A DRUG addict who subjected a widow of 72 to a violent night- time mugging has been locked up.
Widow Hazel Alan, who helped at an old people's home, was walking along Halifax Old Road in Birkby at 9.15pm when Sall Abdulay, then 19, came up behind and grabbed the strap of her bag.
Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday that Mrs Alan, a retired nurse, hung on to the bag and was eventually pulled to the ground.
Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie said Abdulay continued to pull at the bag, dragging Mrs Alan along.
She suffered injuries to her fingers and knee.
Abdulay fled with the bag, which contained just £10, a pair of glasses and other items.
Mr Ritchie said Abdulay, of Clara Street. Hillhouse, had no previous convictions, but the mugging was the last of a spate of crimes.
Last November 22 Abdulay was charged with shoplifting.
Within minutes of being out on police bail he was stealing from a supermarket.
He committed further shoplifting offences on later days.
On the evening of December 8 he grabbed a phone from a 17-year-old girl on Bradford Road, Huddersfield. When she chased Abdulay he punched her in the stomach.
Five days after that he attacked Mrs Alan, who was going to the old people's home.
Abdulay, now 20, admitted robbery, theft from the person, common assault and shoplifting.
Judge Christopher Prince sent him to a young offenders' institution for two years.
The judge referred to a statement from Mrs Alan in which she said she did not feel the same person any more.
She said she had not worked as much since the robbery because she didn't like walking in the evenings and did not like going past the scene.
She was still taking painkillers.
Judge Prince said he could have sentenced Abdulay to at least three-and-a-half years.
But because he had pleaded guilty he would reduce it by 14 months.
He said Abdulay had a drug problem at the time and after taking other mitigating factors into account he cut the sentence by another four months.
Abdulay has served 72 days on remand, so will be released after serving half the two- year sentence.
Barrister Chloe Hudson, for Abdulay, said
the 72 days he had spent on remand had been a salutary lesson and he had addressed his drug problem.