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Mugger admits robbery

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

A STREET mugger has admitted a bizarre robbery in which she threw £250 of stolen money into the air.

Former heroin user Lorraine Morris, aged 43, will be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court in the New Year after a probation pre-sentence report is prepared.

Morris, of Green Close Road, Ilfracombe, admitted robbery and was remanded in custody by Judge Barry Cotter, QC.

She admitted the robbery of Mary Sarsfield in Ilfracombe on November 19 but disputed how much she had stolen.

When the court clerk read out the figure of £250 she called from the dock: "It was only £150 and she got all the money back because I flung it in the air."

Mr Richard Crabb, defending, said: "There is a mental health background to this case and the probation service may find that a psychiatric report is useful."

Judge Cotter told the defendant: "It is in your interests to cooperate with the probation service. I would not worry about whether it was £150 or £250, considering what is said in the statements and the fact that you threw the money into the air."

A second case of theft, committed from South Devon magistrates, will be dealt with at the same sentencing hearing in January.

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