A 47 year old woman has today been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order for her attack on an 84 year old woman in Leyburn in North Yorkshire.
Ellen Margaret Louise Pounder, from Carperby, near Leyburn, pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and assault.
Teesside Crown Court granted the hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Pounder attacked her victim in public toilets near the market place in November last year. The victim, who is from the local area, was hit on her head six times before her handbag was taken.
Detective Inspector Andrea Kell who led the investigation said: “I am satisfied that justice has now been done for the victim of this distressing and shocking attack. The incident has left the victim with nightmares and sleepless nights."
"She was previously an active and independent lady, but is now unable to leave her home by herself. We hope that today’s outcome gives the victim some confidence to rebuild her life in the knowledge that Pounder is now facing up to the consequences of her actions.”