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Teenager jailed after pensioner dies following violent attempted robbery

A teenager has been locked up after a pensioner he targeted in a violent bag snatch died within days of her ordeal.

The 72-year-old woman was dragged to the ground as her attacker tried to grab her handbag in Petersfield Road, Hall Green, on the afternoon of 5 February this year.

The teenager, who was 15 at the time, fled the scene empty-handed in a nearby waiting car and the pensioner was treated at hospital for a dislocated shoulder.

Her health deteriorated and she was re-admitted to hospital on 15 February but sadly died the next day.

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Teenager sentenced after elderly bag snatch victim dies days later

Police enquiries led to the arrest of the teenager from an address in Birmingham four days later with detectives also able to link him to a robbery just hours before the one in Hall Green.

A 57-year-old woman was on her way home when she was approached by a man who snatched her handbag and made off in a waiting vehicle.

The boy, now aged 16, was convicted of manslaughter, attempted robbery and robbery following a trial.

He was sentenced to six-and-a-half years at a youth offender’s institution at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (6 September).

Detective Sergeant Simon Hanlon, from force CID, said: "A woman sadly died following her traumatic ordeal and our desire to get justice for her family has been at the front of our thoughts throughout this investigation.

"After arresting the boy we recovered clothing from the address which matched that being worn by the robber in both attacks.

"We believe he was part of a wider team and was driven to parts of Birmingham to find vulnerable targets.

"This has proven a tragic case. A young boy has become embroiled in crime and has the death of an innocent pensioner on his conscience while a family continue to grieve a lost loved one." 

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