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Chertsey man jailed for robbery of elderly lady

News   •   Aug 30, 2019 14:21 BST

A man who robbed a 79-year-old woman in Chertsey in February has been jailed for nine years and nine months at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (29 August).

John Turner, 28 from Chertsey, admitted to the robbery, which took place in Guildford Street on 23 February, when he appeared at court on 16 August. Turner also pled guilty to a burglary in Chertsey in 2017.

The victim was left with a broken arm after Turner grabbed her handbag, which contained her purse and other personal items, from her shoulder.

Police arrested Turner, and a second man, in connection with the incident.

He was charged following analysis of CCTV footage and after various witnesses came forward identifying him as the suspect.

In her victim impact statement, the victim wrote: “Although I have made progress with my mobility, I will never get back the mobility that I had.

“This monstrous act of violence has left me with mental and physical scars for the rest of my life.

“Was the theft of a handbag and its contents really worth it to the party involved and the consequences of his terrible act?

“He has robbed my confidence and my quality of life and it will never be the same again.”

Detective Constable Joseph Smith, who investigated the case, said: “This was a senseless and violent robbery that has robbed an innocent woman not only of her personal possessions, but also her quality of life.

“Turner had no option but to plead guilty as the evidence against him was so strong and his sentence highlights the severity of the offence.

“The witnesses that came forward were crucial in progressing our investigation and I am grateful for the public’s support in this case.

“Their testimony helped put a violent criminal behind bars. I would urge anyone who witnesses a crime taking place to always come forward – the information you give us could help us to make the streets safer for everyone.”

No action is being taken against the second man who was arrested in connection with the offence.

Please see our website for helpful advice on how to protect yourself from robbery: https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/personal-robbery/