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Thief grabbed phone from woman near Bradford Cathedral
11:00am Saturday 18th August 2012 in News
A 21-year-old man who robbed a disabled charity worker of her phone as she walked to church has been spared a jail sentence.
Craig Thompkins grabbed the cerebral palsy sufferer near Bradford Cathedral on Sunday, April 1, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.
He shook her arm, causing bruising, before taking her £500 iPhone.
Thompkins, of Daisy Street, Great Horton , Bradford, ran off but dropped the phone when he realised police were chasing him, prosecutor Nick Worsley told the court.
Mr Worsley said Thompkins’ 25-year-old victim was a volunteer with Barnardo’s charity and was unable to go back to her charity work for two weeks after the event.
The court was told Thompkins had written a letter to the judge and wished his could apologise to his victim in person.
Thompkins was sentenced to an intensive community order for 12 months with supervision and a three month curfew order.
He was ordered to pay £275 compensation to his victim.