Fleeing shoplifter broke pensioner’s arm

Crime story
Crime story

A PENSIONER shattered her arm when she was knocked to the floor by a teenage shoplifter making his escape.

Connor Prescott, of Laxey Crescent, Leigh, admitted stealing £35-worth of food and inflicting grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Wigan Magisitrates’ Court.

The 19-year-old had entered Lidl in Leigh on March 23, and taken food worth £35. In his attempt to leave the store he knocked over 69-year-old Alice Coates, who was seriously injured. He was with another youth, who had also been charged with shoplifting.

Tess Kenyon, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was reckless and he ran past Mrs Coates and knocked her to the floor. She noticed a pain in her shoulder and thought she had bruised it, but when she saw a doctor she had a triple fracture to her arm.

“This was a serious injury, given the lady’s age and affect it would have on her. There was no evidence he intended to cause injury or that it was premeditated and he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”

Mark Ferguson, defending, said: “Given his age, and the lack of previous convictions and lack of intent, sentencing is best served for the Crown.”

Prescott was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court following a pre-sentence report, on June 3.