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Woman admits robbing blind man as he walked through Wrexham with his white stick

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A Wrexham woman has admitted robbing a blind man in his 70s as he walked along with a white stick.

Angieska Kielar, 31, of Yorke Street in Wrexham, appeared via a live television link from custody at Mold Crown Court on Friday.

She pleaded guilty to robbing the man of £80 in cash during an incident on November 14.

It was money the victim had intended to use to buy Christmas presents for his family.

The defendant – who followed today’s proceedings with the aid of a Polish interpreter – wept throughout much of the hearing.

She was further remanded in custody to be sentenced next Friday.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said that he could not proceed to sentence without an up-to-date victim impact statement, which would have an effect upon sentence.

The level of physical and psychological harm caused would affect the category of the case for sentence, he explained.

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He described it as a serious matter - an “extraordinary robbery” of an elderly blind man who was walking with a white stick in a Wrexham street.

“This is very, very serious,” he said, and told the defendant that it had to be prison.

The only question would be how long that sentence should be.

He told the defendant: “I am sorry I cannot deal with the case today.

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“The court needs to know exactly what effect this robbery has had upon the victim.”

Prosecuting barrister Paulinus Barnes said that there was no victim impact statement available at present.

He had said in his original statement that he was worried about her taking the money, which he had intended to use to buy Christmas presents for his family.

The judge suggested that police should go and see him in view of his particular vulnerabilities and find out the effect of the robbery upon him.

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