A pair of teenage girls attacked a woman in the city centre, allowing a male accomplice to steal her handbag.Just lovely, eh?
Bright, of Lawford Street, Old Market, and the other girl ran up behind Ms Toms and pulled her to the ground, grabbing her hair. The male then joined in, punched her in the face and ran off with her handbag.And how were they caught?
The robbers ran up Union Street and into The Galleries shopping centre.
Avon and Somerset Police linked Bright to the crime when they arrested her for shoplifting and she had Ms Toms' driving licence on her./facepalm
Of course, this is no first offence. It never is, is it?
Both girls had previous convictions. Bright's included battery, intimidation and shop theft.And also the same lack of serious punishment, I presume?
The 15-year-old had a previous conviction for robbery, the same battery and intimidation conviction and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Certainly, the same old excuses:
Mitigating for both defendants, Catherine Spedding said both had difficult family backgrounds.*sigh*
She explained how the 15-year-old had "stepped into the shoes" of her older sister, who is serving a long prison sentence for a very serious crime.So, it’s more of a family business?
But she told Judge Michael Longman the teenager was maturing and determined to spend more time in school to get good qualifications.And she’s sharing that ‘torment’, one mugging at a time…
"She's clearly a tormented soul," she added.
Judge Longman deferred Bright's sentence so that she could continue to make progress with her behaviour before he hands out her punishment.Our justice system is broken. Utterly.
He said: "This was a vicious and cowardly attack. It's an enormous effect to inflict on somebody, quite apart from the loss of their property."
On the 15-year-old, he imposed a one-year youth rehabilitation order, including supervision and a 90-day curfew, from 7pm to 7am.