An elderly dementia sufferer was horrifically robbed of her jewellery in her own home.
Dwayne Hollingworth, 27, tricked his way into 89-year-old Alice Swale’s house in Hull before knocking her to the floor, wrenching her rings off her fingers, and stealing her purse.
He even stole the frail woman’s wedding band, which she had worn for 48 years.
Mrs Swale was so traumatised by the ordeal that she has left her home of more than 60 years.
In the end, Hollingworth was only caught because Mrs Swale’s son had installed hidden CCTV cameras in her house to make sure she wasn’t being taken advantage of.
Sentencing the robber to nine years and seven months in prison, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told him: ‘You are a callous individual, devoid of any ounce of common decency. Your sustained attack upon Mrs Swale, an 89-year-old lady, was truly vile.’
Hull Crown Court heard how the attacker had conned his way in on the pretext of selling meat, and then asking to use her upstairs toilet.
As he comes back downstairs, he can be seen engaging Mrs Swale in conversation – before putting his arm around her waist and knocking her to the floor. Then he sits on top of her and pulls violently at her hands.
Speaking to police the next day, Mrs Swale said: ‘I couldn’t stop crying all yesterday afternoon. I don’t understand these people.’
Hollingworth, who was under the influence of drink and drugs at the time, pleaded guilty to robbery in court.