Kyle Haggarty Credit: Suffolk Police

Two men have been jailed after they assaulted and robbed an 80-year-old woman in Bury St Edmunds.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that just before 12.40pm, the elderly woman was walking back after visiting the Post Office in Lake Avenue when a man assaulted her and stole her handbag.

The woman fell to the ground and suffered cuts and bruises and had to be taken to West Suffolk Hospital for treatment.

Robert Duke, 36 of Broad Road, Bacton, and Kyle Haggerty, 27 of no fixed address, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday (12 November), where they were both given jail sentences totally nearly 16 years.

Both Duke and Haggerty had previously denied the offences but were found unanimously guilty by a jury after a week-long trial.

Haggerty was jailed for eight years for robbery and one year to run concurrently for fraud.

Duke was jailed for seven years and ten months.

Both men were also each ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.

Duke was charged with robbery and Haggerty was charged with robbery and fraud on 1 July.

Commenting on the sentencing, Detective Constable Matt Egan said:

"This was a cruel and cowardly crime. The offenders preyed upon an elderly lady who was going innocently about her daily business and who stood little to no chance of defending herself. I hope that the victim will find some solace in this verdict and can begin to put this terrible ordeal behind her.”

Detective Constable Matt Egan