Man jailed for Sunderland bus-stop robbery

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A WOMAN was robbed as she stood at a city centre bus stop on her way home from playing bingo.

Lesley Nicholson was alone at Athenaeum Street in Sunderland when she was targeted by Paul Hasney, who made a grab for her bag and mobile phone.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the “plucky” victim managed to keep hold of her bag but the 25-year-old mugger got away with her £180 phone.

Ms Nicholson was left with scratches to her hand after the attack on February 23 and is now afraid to go out alone.

Prosecutor Tony Hawks told the court: “She said she was in shock for a couple of days and crying a lot.

“She doesn’t like going out in the dark any more.

“She has not been to bingo again because she’s got no way to get home and doesn’t want to be out alone in the dark.”

Hasney, of Newburn Court, South Shields, who has previous convictions for violence, admitted robbery.

Judge Michael Cartlidge sentenced him to 18 months behind bars.

The judge said: “The offence happened late at night and the victim was a female all on her own.

“She has been, not surprisingly, very upset about it all.”

Vic Laffey, defending, said Hasney was estranged from his family and living in a hostel near the scene of the attack at the time.

Mr Laffey said: “He accepts without hesitation it was at a time when he was drinking heavily and taking whatever drugs were available to him.”

Mr Laffey said Hasney has been reunited with his family and is now ashamed and apologetic about what he has done.

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