Vicious robber who tore rings from elderly woman’s hands is jailed for 9-years
A robber who violently tore the rings from the hand of an 88-year-old widow during a "despicable attack" in her own home has been jailed for nine years in the UK.
"Vulnerable" Alice Swale, who suffers from dementia, was set upon by Dwayne Hollingworth after he tricked her into allowing him inside last month, police said.
He pinned her to the floor so he could wrench the jewellery from her fingers - including a gold wedding band she had worn for 48 years.
Hollingworth then left his victim on the floor as he raided the rest of the house before leaving.
He was sentenced to nine years, six months and four weeks in prison at Hull Crown Court on Monday for the robbery on April 6.
CCTV footage captured the harrowing attack thanks to cameras set up by Ms Swale's relatives, which helped police identify Hollingworth.
Following house-to-house inquiries in the area, he was arrested within six hours and the rings were returned to the victim.
Ms Swale, now 89, suffered severe bruising to her fingers and was treated in hospital following the attack.
Hollingworth, 27, from Hull, pleaded guilty to robbery at Hull Crown Court on May 11.
Detective Constable Lee Sims, of Humberside Police, said: "This was a despicable offence against a very vulnerable elderly woman in her own home.
"The CCTV footage of the incident is harrowing to watch with the victim weakly trying to protect herself as Hollingworth ripped the rings off her fingers.
"The incident itself left the victim very shaken and her family was devastated she'd been targeted in this way.
"Fortunately, as a force we were able to deploy quickly to the incident, conduct house to house and also identify and arrest Hollingworth. I know this was a huge relief for his victim and her family.
"The sentence issued by the court shows the severity of the offence and highlights that the police, courts and society will not tolerate such crimes."