Boy in court over miscarriage theft

Published: Thursday 16th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A teenager has appeared in court after a pregnant woman lost her unborn child following a street robbery at a bus stop.

The 17-year-old is accused of snatching the handbag of the 43-year-old woman, who was between four and eight weeks pregnant.

The victim was waiting to catch a bus to work on Cromwell Road in Eccles, Salford, at around 5.55am on Saturday when she was approached by three youths, Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard.

She struggled to keep hold of her bag, containing £170, but was overpowered and after the robbery she noticed she was bleeding.

She then went to hospital and was told she had miscarried.

Today the 17-year-old accused, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared in court charged with robbery and was remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Crown Court on October 30.

Another youth, also aged 17, has been arrested and police are hunting a third male, aged between 16 and 20.

The youth in court today, wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, pleaded not guilty to robbery.

His jaw dropped open and his mother, sitting in the public gallery, held her hands to her face as the court was told the youth could face up to 10 years in jail if he is convicted of the offence.

An application for bail was refused.

Kate Gaskell, prosecuting, told the court the defendant and two other males covered their faces and sat down next to the victim at the bus stop before grabbing her handbag.

She said the defendant could face between six and 10 years in jail if convicted and, because of the seriousness of the offence, asked for the case to be transferred to the Crown Court.

Claire Parrot, defending, applied for bail for the defendant but was refused by District Judge Paul Carr.

Detective Sergeant Roger Smethurst from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “This is a shocking and tragic case, and one that will undoubtedly have a lasting psychological impact upon the poor victim.

“Excellent policing work has gone into tracking down two of the youths we believe to be responsible for this sickening attack, but it is imperative that we try and track down the third man as quickly as possible.

“If you believe you saw a man matching this description in the area at the time, or if you recognise this man, do not protect him, please contact police as soon as possible.”

The man police want to trace was wearing a black hoodie with white stripes down the arms, a black body warmer with a white motif, and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Published: Thursday 16th October 2014 by The News Editor

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