Robber jailed for ambushing hairdresser as she walked home in early hours
A ROBBER ambushed a hairdresser as she walked home alone in the early hours.
Leon Andrew Key, 30, robbed Gemma Parsons, 26, as she walked home through the city centre.
Miss Parsons was on the phone to her boyfriend when Key jumped out at her as she walked near the Daltry Street flyover.
He grabbed her purse and knocked her to the ground.
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Prosecutor Anil Murray told Hull Crown Court: "As she was on the telephone and holding her small clutch handbag under her arm she felt a sharp tug on her bag, which caused her to fall over and land on her right side on the floor.
"She looked up and saw a man looking down at her.
"He was holding her bag in his hand.
"He ran away carrying the bag and she got up and rang the police.
"She tried to chase him but was wearing high heels and couldn't keep up."
Passers-by comforted Miss Parsons and took her to the nearby Smith & Nephew factory.
The police checked the firm's CCTV system and tracked Key down.
When Key was arrested Miss Parson's property was found on him as well as a small quantity of amphetamine.
Key, of Ryde Street, west Hull, pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing amphetamine.
His solicitor Ian Phillip said: "The defendant would wish you to know that whatever I say doesn't try to suggest he doesn't accept this offence was extremely serious and had an affect on the complainant.
"It was a brief incident where he tugged on the bag and that led to her going to the ground. He is ashamed and horrified at his behaviour."
Judge Mark Bury jailed Key for two years and three months.
The judge told him: "A 26-year-old lady was walking home after a night out. She certainly believed that you were hiding and waiting for somebody like her to attend.
"You say you were simply walking home when you came across her. I'm prepared to sentence you on the basis that's right. It still doesn't take away the fear she had.
"I believe you used a reasonable amount of force for her to have fallen to the floor while you were tugging on her bag.
"This is an offence with aggravating features. It was a lone female at night in the street and you were on drugs."
The court heard Key had been addicted to amphetamines for 12 years.