Mugger sentenced

The man who robbed a 91-year-old woman in Highgate on 14th August has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.

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Man jailed after mugging pensioner

A 91-year-old was in court to see her mugger jailed. Lynne Elmer-Laird suffered a blood clot in her brain. The man who caused her injuries has been put behind bars for 11 years.

Eric Banton violently assaulted the pensioner for the £20 in her purse.

Lynne Elmer-Laird was on her way to the shops in August, when she was robbed in the street by Banton.

She was left with serious injuries and still bears the scars of her ordeal. Rags Martel has been to speak to her, as her attacker was sentenced.

A warning, you may find some of the pictures of the victim's injuries distressing.


Police: Banton deliberately targeted elderly woman

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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Pensioner mugging: Man jailed for 11 years

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.

Sentencing of man who mugged pensioner in Highgate

Lynne Elmer-Laird. Credit: Police handout

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.

Lynne Elmer-Laird. Credit: Police handout

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.


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