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Monday, 14 January, 2002, 15:14 GMT
Mugger who killed pensioner gets 7 years
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A teenage mugger who caused the death of a frail pensioner has been sentenced to seven years youth detention.

Michael Manning, 18, of Croxted Road, West Dulwich, south London, was told he had robbed 88-year-old Daisy Fenton of her twilight years.

The great-grandmother had been returning to her home on the Rosendale Gardens Estate , West Dulwich when she was knocked to the ground and her shopping bag taken.

She broke her cheekbones and her arm and sustained extensive bruising. She died three days later in hospital.

Daisy Fenton
Daisy Fenton was a great grandmother

The shopping bag contained only some aluminium foil, paper tissues and a lottery ticket.

The court heard that Manning had told group of youths: "I am going to get her bag."

But later he said: "There was nothing in the bag. It was a waste of time".

Manning was found guilty last month of manslaughter and robbery and remanded for reports. He was cleared of murder.

He was given a concurrent sentence of five years for robbing Mrs Fenton, and four months for stealing trainers, an offence he admitted committing soon after the attack on the pensioner.

Judge Gerald Gordon told Manning: "She was a frail 88-year-old and you knew of her frailty.

She deserved a quiet and decent twilight to her life and thanks to you, she did not get it

Judge Gerald Gordon

"You were out to impress your peer group. You decided to mug a frail old lady, followed her and snatched her bag.

"The risks of doing that are so obvious and I have to say you acted with callous and total disregard for her.

"To decent people, mugging an old lady like that, is utterly contemptible.

"She deserved a quiet and decent twilight to her life and thanks to you, she did not get it."

DI Brian Haynes, who led the investigation into Daisy Fenton's death said: "This was a despicable act of extreme cowardice where a strong fit young man chose to prey on an elderly and vulnerable woman.

"He showed no regard for her at all, using such aggression and violence that she was sent to the ground with so much force that she never recovered from her injuries.

"This incident shocked and saddened even experienced detectives who have worked tirelessly to find the person responsible.

"We are pleased that we have been able to bring him before the court, but our thoughts at this time remain with Mrs Fenton's family who have had someone very special to them suddenly taken from them in such a mindless way."

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