PC Paul Hallas, the investigating officer, of Haringey CID said:
Eric Banton deliberately targeted an elderly woman who, despite being frail from a fall, valued her independence enough to continue to shop and visit places in the local area. He left her on the ground with significant injuries and is lucky she had the resilience to pull through or he could have faced far mores serious charges.
Banton hoped to get away with his crime and it was only through CCTV images released through media appeals that he was identified, subsequently arrested and charged.
Mrs Elmer- Laird has shown tremendous bravery and courage through this ordeal and I hope these strengths will enable her to continue with her full and active life.
A man who robbed and severely injured a 91 year old lady has been sentenced to 11 years. Lynne Elmer-Laird was in court for the sentencing. Her forehead is still visibly bruised from the attack on 14 August.
She described how Banton, a strong man who is 6 ft 2, forcibly pushed her over as he stole her handbag. Banton made off with £20 pounds. Miss Elmer-Laird suffered a blood clot to her brain, severe bruising and a broken arm. She told the court she now fears going out on her own since the attack.
Through his lawyer Eric Banton said he felt "deep remorse and deep shame" for his actions. Banton, who's 49 and from Northumberland Park, broke down in tears as the offence was read out, and continued to weep throughout the hearing at Wood Green Crown Court.
The man who robbed a 91-year-old woman in Highgate on 14th August is to be sentenced.
Eric Banton, 49, of Northumberland Park, N17, pleaded guilty to the offence last month.
When Lynne Elmer-Laird was robbed in the street by Banton, it was the first time in many months that she had decided to venture out to the shops as she had been recuperating from a fall.
Mrs Elmer-Laird, who walks with a stick, suffered a bleed to the brain, a broken arm and severe bruising. Banton made off with her purse which contained £20, her bank card and travel pass. Although now discharged from hospital Mrs Elmer-Laird still needs hospital treatment as an outpatient.