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Robber with 103 previous offences snatched gold chain from bed-ridden woman, 75

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A robber shoved his way into a bedridden 75-year-old woman’s home and snatched a gold chain from around her neck.

Adam Mann, who has more than 100 previous convictions including rape, robbery and assaulting a police constable, told his victim he needed £20 to pay a taxi driver when he first confronted the woman but she refused to give him any money.

At Leicester Crown Court Mann (53), of Ocean Road, Thurnby Lodge, Leicester, Mann appeared for sentencing, having pleaded guilty to robbery.

Prosecutor Christian Jeyes said the elderly victim, who had her leg in plaster and was sleeping in her living room at the time, had known Mann since he was young.

He said: “The victim knew the defendant since he was a little boy and would see him when he wanted money from her.

“She had recently come out of hospital with her leg in plaster and was effectively bed-ridden.

“She lives in Leicester with her partner and at around 5.15pm on Wednesday, September 5, this year, this defendant visited their address.

“Her partner answered the door and the defendant pushed his way in and went straight into the living room and demanded that she give him £20 for a taxi he had waiting outside.

“That request was refused.

“The defendant was being aggressive and shouting at her. Having failed to get £20 he asked for £10 and was refused again.

“He held his fist up and made a punching gesture. She believed he was going to hit her and she said, ‘Go on, hit me’.

“He then turned to her partner and said he was going to ‘smack him’.”

It was then that Mann leaned over the woman and grabbed the gold chain she was wearing around her neck and pulled it, breaking the chain and pulling the woman sharply forward.

The chain, which had been given to her by co-workers for her 60th birthday, was never recovered.

Mr Jeyes said: “It was an item of significant sentimental value. She was shocked and stunned.

“She was devastated he could do this to her.

“Now, if she hears the smallest of noises, she jumps. It has also affected her partner, who was there at the time.”

He said Mann was arrested three days later, when police found him sleeping on the floor in the corridor of a flat in Welford Road, Leicester.

When he was questioned by police he claimed the gold chain had been his and that the woman he took it from was a “horrible person”.

Mr Jeyes said the 53-year-old had 103 previous offences on his criminal record.

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Steven Newcombe, representing Mann, said his client had pleaded guilty to the charge and drew the judge’s attention to the defendant’s medical problems.

He said: “There are some circumstances that provide mitigation – surprisingly, considering this man’s record.

“The medical notes are interesting.”

Judge Philip Head jailed Mann for three years.

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