Drug addict jailed for violent attack on pensioner

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Jason Forrest punched the pensioner and demanded money during the raid on her home

A 31 YEAR old drug addict has been jailed for five-and-a-half-years for attacking an 84-year-old woman in her own home, and then stealing money from her.

Jason Forrest, a heroin addict, got into the pensioner’s flat and began punching her, grabbing her by the throat and demanding she give him her money.

Catherine Henderson, from Dundee, suffered several injuries during the attack on September 17, 2011, including bruising on her face, back, arms and legs.

After Forrest was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, Mrs Henderson said: “I would like him never to get out again for what he’s done to me. I think he should have got more time in prison but it’s not me who makes the decisions.

“I don’t think I will ever be the same again because he’s got into my head.”

Forrest also has previous convictions for shoplifting and assault, which ultimately culminated today with his jail sentence.

The court heard how Mrs Henderson was making her way to bed when she heard a knock on her front door. Thinking it might be a relative or friend, she unlocked and opened the door and was confronted by Forrest.

Judge Lord Bannatyne, gave the sentence yesterday, imprisoning him for five-and-a-half years. He told Forrest: “This is a truly appalling crime in my view, involving assault and robbery of an elderly lady in her own home. It was an utterly cowardly and vicious attack.”

Jonathan Crowe, defending, claimed that Forrest felt guilt and remorse over the attack.

His sentence was originally seven-and-a-half years, but was reduced as he  plead guilty early on in the case.

 

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