A MAN who followed an 85-year-old woman from a bank and then robbed her and broke her hip has been jailed for 20 months.

Carlos Castro de Veiga watched the pensioner take out £110 from the bank in High Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, and carried out the attack in the Wellington Court area of the town.

The 33-year-old Portuguese national seized her by the body and pulled her to the ground around noon on Thursday, June 12, and then robbed her of her handbag containing grocery items and £110 in cash.

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At Selkirk Sheriff Court de Viega pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of assaulting the 85-year-old and robbing her. Sheriff Peter Paterson imposed a 30 month prison sentence reduced to 20 months due to the guilty plea.