A prolific robber and former crack addict wept in the dock today as he was jailed for 11 years for mugging a 91-year-old grandmother from Highgate for £20 and a travel card.

Lynne Elmer-Laird, a member of the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, had to undergo an emergency operation to remove a blood clot after the brutal attack in August.

Eric Banton, 49, pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court in north London last month and was sentenced to 11 years in prison today (Friday, October 19).

The Second World War Army nurse was walking in Talbot Road, Highgate, when she felt Eric Banton pulling at her bag on August 14.

She tried to pull away but fell to the ground hitting her head on the pavement.

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