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Man jailed after robbing and assaulting 91-year-old

JAILED: Eric Banton

AFTER PLEADING guilty to mugging a 91-year-old woman for just £20, a man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison today (October 19) at Wood Green Crown Court.

Eric Banton, 49, previously admitted to the offence in September.

Elderly victim Lynne Elmer-Laird required an emergency operation to remove a blood clot from her head after the mugging took place in Highgate, north London on August 14.

Elmer-Laird suffered a bleed to the brain, a broken arm and severe bruising when Banton forcibly pushed her to the ground when attempting to steal her bag.

"Eric Banton deliberately targeted an elderly woman who, despite being frail from a fall, valued her independence enough to continue to shop and visit places in the local area,” said investigating officer PC Paul Hallas of Haringey CID.

“He left her on the ground with significant injuries and is lucky she had the resilience to pull through or he could have faced far mores serious charges.

“Banton hoped to get away with his crime and it was only through CCTV images released through media appeals that he was identified, subsequently arrested and charged.

“Mrs Elmer- Laird has shown tremendous bravery and courage through this ordeal and I hope these strengths will enable her to continue with her full and active life."

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