A TENNAGE girl who sent a Pinner pensioner crashing to the ground after mugging her walked free from court last week.
Harrow Crown Court heard how the 14-year-old Bulgarian, who cannot be named for legal reasons, 'devastated' the life of 91-year-old Joyce Sieminski, hospitalising her for six weeks with a fractured hip.
The teen ambushed Mrs Sieminski as she tried to open the front door of her home in Marsh Road on October 9, last year, snatching her purse and sending her hurtling to the ground.
She had been distracted by two accomplices who asked her where the hospital was, when the teen struck but she was caught by police after shop worker Keval Valambhia , 30, chased her down the road and found her hiding in a bush.
As a result of the fall the pensioner spent six weeks in hospital and four weeks in a care home recovering from the attack.
She has since had to undergo a blood transfusion and said in a letter handed to the court that the incident had robbed her of her independence.
In a victim impact statement outlined by Judge Susan Tapping, she said how before the attack she had lived a full and independent life despite her age.
But since the incident Mrs Sieminski has suffered depression and anxiety and frequently has nightmares about that day.
She is forced to walk with a frame, struggles to carry out basic tasks like cooking and getting dressed, and has to rely on friends and family to go shopping or see friends.
Judge Tapping added that the letter made for "very sad reading indeed", but given the girl's age, was restricted to handing her an 18 month supervision order.
She said: "What you did with other people last year was very serious indeed.
"It was well planned and an elderly lady was deliberately targeted. You may not have intended to injure that old lady but she was 90 years old and what you did has ruined the rest of her life – make no mistake about that whatsoever."If you were older and if I had the power to do so, I would punish you severely for what you did.
“If you can't change your ways, and you are caught doing something like this again, I can only assume the courts will deal with you substantially more seriously next time.
The girl, who required an interpreter at all her court hearings, moved to the UK just three months before the attack on the pensioner and it emerged in court that she had been cautioned twice before by police for similar thefts – one of which was on another elderly victim.
She pleaded guilty to one count of ABH and another of theft.