Thug jailed after pushing woman, 81, to ground and stealing her purse in Bexleyheath

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south east London man who left an elderly woman with head injuries after snatching her purse has been jailed for six years. Jay Makwana, 40, pushed the 81-year-old victim to the ground as he stole the wallet containing around GBP200 outside a bank in Bexley. Police were called to the scene on Market Place, Bexleyheath, just before 11am on November 9 following reports that a woman had been injured.

They found the 81-year-old lying on the ground with facial injuries, Scotland Yard said. She was taken by ambulance to a south London hospital where her injuries were assessed as not life-threatening. Officers launched an investigation taking witness statements and reviewing CCTV from the area.

Police release CCTV of robbery of an elderly woman in Bexley The footage showed the victim leaving a nearby bank when she was approached by Makwana. He pushed her to the ground causing her to hit her head on the pavement.

The 40-year-old waited with the woman until officers arrived before putting her purse into a carrier bag and leaving the scene. Makwana, of Northumberland Park, Erith, was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers on November 24. He was interviewed and charged the following day.

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Sergeant Matt Taylor, of the Met’s Burglary Robbery Investigation Team, said: “This was a truly shocking assault on a woman who was deliberately targeted because of her age and vulnerability.

“It has had a huge impact on the victim’s life and left her scared to leave home alone.

I hope the fact that Makwana received a significant custodial sentence will bring her some closure as she continues to come to terms with this terrible ordeal.”

Makwana was also ordered to pay a GBP190 victim surcharge.

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