Grandma attacked and robbed by drug addict while walking to McDonald’s

A court has heard how a woman was assaulted and robbed by a drug addict as she walked to McDonald’s to buy a cup of tea in Leicester city centre.

Derek Bannister from Syston targeted the grandmother in the early hours of Tuesday 24 April.

Leicester Crown Court was told the woman has difficulty sleeping due to health issues, and had ventured out early early in the morning to buy a cup of tea.

She was confronted by the 35-year-old as she walked into an alleyway off Gallowtree Gate.

The woman was pushed to the ground with force, causing her to bang her head on a wall. Bannister then took her handbag before fleeing the scene.

The bag contained a mobile phone and a small quantity of cash.

Bannister handed himself in to Police later that same day and admitted the attack and theft of the handbag.

Bannister’s lawyer said his client was addicted to heroin and cocaine, and his actions were fuelled by his addiction.

The judge credited Bannister for handing himself in and sentenced him to 22 months for the robbery.