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.
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