Padiham addict jailed for attacking OAP

Rebecca Oxley

Rebecca Oxley

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A “DESPICABLE” heroin addict who mugged a 75-year-old woman and left her lying in the road, has been jailed for four years.

Rebecca Oxley (37) of Cross Bank, Padiham, struck Irene Bracewell from behind in the violent attack before stealing her purse which contained just £15.

The pensioner was left with cuts and grazes in the heartless robbery which happened in Nelson town centre.

Burnley Crown Court heard that when Oxley was arrested and questioned, she told police she didn’t care how old the victim was or how injured she was and seemed to think it was Mrs Bracewell’s fault for not letting go of her purse.

The hearing was told Oxley, a drug addict for 20 years, was detained by two passers-by, who chased her and kept hold of her until police arrived. The purse was recovered.

The defendant, who was living on Smith Street, Nelson, at the time, admitted robbery on March 24th.

Sentencing, Judge Beverly Lunt told Oxley she had a “dreadful record” and said of the victim: “She was left shocked, she was left hurt, she was left bleeding and you just didn’t care. You ran away.”

Judge Lunt made rewards of £250 each from public funds for Mr Smith and Mr Marshall for their “bravery and public spiritedness” in intervening and detaining Oxley.

DC Dave Greenwood said: “Oxley targeted and preyed on an elderly and vulnerable member of the public. She showed no remorse for her despicable actions and I am pleased with the sentence she has been given.

“I would like to praise the bravery shown by the members of the public who chased after Oxley. Their courageous actions undoubtedly helped officers to make a quick arrest and secure a successful conviction at court. The local community should be proud that people like this live amongst them.”