Marvin Blake followed Carole Mudie down the pathway of her home in Hawkesley, and wrenched away her handbag with such force that the 68-year-old fell to the ground.
A serial bag-snatcher who preyed on elderly women and caused the death of a Birmingham pensioner after mugging her on her doorstep has been jailed.
Marvin Blake pounced on 68-year-old retired care worker Carole Mudie just as she arrived home in Hawkmoor Gardens, Hawkesley, after winning at bingo, and snatched her purse with such force, she fell, breaking her hip on January 6.
The much-loved grandmother, who only had £30 in her purse, underwent surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but died of complications 16 days later.
Blake, 37, of Wakeford Road, West Heath, had attacked three other ladies aged from 60 to 82, around ten days before mugging Mrs Mudie and was being hunted by police.
Blake, who admitted three counts of theft, robbery and manslaughter, was sentenced to 11 years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court today.
The court heard how Blake, who had a history of theft related offences stretching back to 1999, snatched a purse from 73-year-old Barbara Brown as she shopped in Northfield’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre on December 27, 2012.
A day later he pulled 60-year-old delivery driver Jennifer Richardson from her van and to the ground in Hawksley Square, as she swiped the Sat Nav.
On January 3, Blake stole a purse from 82-year-old Norma Wills as she queued in a Cotteridge newsagents.
Stephen Linehan, Blake’s barrister, offered as mitigation his client’s “courageous” decision to admit to robbery and manslaughter and said: “He is genuinely remorseful, penitent and recognises his actions have caused enormous suffering.”
Mrs Mudie’s daughter Carey Healey described her mother as “bubbly, happy and with a great sense of humour”.
“I am pleased (with the sentence) for the safety of others. It’s not going to bring my mum back, but other people will be safer.
“She was my best friend, we went everywhere together, we watched all the same television programmes.
“She idolised her grandchildren, and she had a fantastic sense of humour – she was great fun.”
Mrs Healey added: “She’d been out with friends – she’d go to bingo every Sunday and I usually got a text telling me how much she had won.
“And she had won that night, so it was all going in the pot for her next holiday.”
Sergeant Andy Bradley from West Midlands Police’s Force CID, said: “Blake would hang around places he was likely to encounter elderly ladies, retirement villages, post offices and community shops.
“He specifically targeted the most vulnerable members of society and would have continued to do so had we not tracked him down.”
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