Man robs elderly woman after she had a win on pokies

A MAN who robbed a 61-year-old woman, knocking her to the ground, pleaded guilty to robbery involving personal violence in Gladstone District Court on Tuesday.

Luke Andrews, was sentenced to two years imprisonment, with an eligible parole date of August 13, 2014.

The 33-year-old defendant was drinking at the Rocky Glen Hotel on December 18 last year when he elected to take a lift home with the victim, also a passenger in the car.

The victim had pocketed a sizeable win on the pokies that night, amounting to $1100.

The car with a total of six passengers was being driven by a mutual friend of the two parties when it stopped at the victim's home.

Mr Andrews jumped out of the car to allow the woman to exit, when he grabbed her handbag with force that pushed the victim to the ground.

Unknowingly to Mr Andrews, the 61 year-old woman had transferred her winnings to her pant pockets before the robbery took place.

A sum of $30, bank cards, cigarettes and lotto tickets were all that remained in the stolen handbag.

The car proceeded to drive off with the defendant, leaving the 61-year-old female victim on the side of the road.

The fall to the footpath caused abrasions to the woman's hip and elbow and a strain in the left side of her groin.

She attended Gladstone Base Hospital the day after the incident occurred.

Defence lawyer Jordan Ahlstrand spoke on behalf of Mr Andrews, claiming he was under the influence of illicit drugs on the night of the offence.

Mr Andrews was supported by his mother in court on Tuesday, a factor Judge Noud took into account during sentencing.

"Despite your history, those close to you have not lost faith in you," he said.

Topics:  drug abuse gladstone crime gladstone district court robbery violence

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