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Man jailed for four years for attacking pensioner
6:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A MAN, who dragged a 71-year-old woman across a road before robbing her, has been sentenced to four years in prison at Warrington Crown Court on Friday.
Dawid Kadatz, of Winwick Road, was caught on CCTV and seen by two witnesses following retired teacher, Eileen Carey, on July 8 as she walked home from Warrington town centre.
Kadatz attacked the victim from behind, dragging her five to 10ft across the road, before stealing her shopping bag containing clothes and vitamin tablets and her handbag which contained £60 in cash.
Prosecuting, Matthew Dunford said: “The force was so strong that it was enough to knock her to the ground.
“Mrs Carey was taken to hospital where she received treatment for a fractured finger and damage to her shoulder.”
Kadatz hung his head in shame as the court heard how the victim no longer feels safe to leave her home.
Kadatz was arrested six days later on July 16 as he left the Matalan store in Warrington after he was caught by surveillance handling stolen goods.
The 23-year-old matched the description of the attacker who committed the offence on July 8 and a search was carried out at his home on Winwick Road where possessions belonging to Eileen Carey were found, including her mobile phone.
Kadatz, who pleaded guilty to the offence on July 29, already has previous convictions for robbery and assault and served three and a half years in prison in Poland in 2008.
It is not clear how long Kadatz, originally from Poland, had been living in the UK when he committed the offence.
Judge David Hale claimed Kadatz intentionally targeted a ‘vulnerable woman’ and would recommend for the 23-year-old to be deported.
Judge Hale said: “I do not see why you should be in a position to stay in this country where you could commit further offences.”
The court heard that Kadatz committed the crime as he was struggling to buy food as he had not yet received his first pay packet from work.
Defending, Michael Davies stated that Kadatz, who needed an interpreter throughout the sentencing, wanted to remain in the country so that he could continue his relationship with his girlfriend.
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