A man has admitted pushing a frail pensioner to the ground and stealing his wallet - for just £5.
Solomon Bygraves, 29, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday morning (March 4) to the robbery of 93-year-old Stanley Evans in Soho, Westminster, on the evening of January 31.
Londoners reacted in horror after police released CCTV footage showing Bygraves grabbing Mr Evans’ pocket and pushing him to the ground then stealing his wallet with just £5 in it.
The frail pensioner had just returned from the shops with his small shopping trolley and was waiting for the lift to go up to his flat.
CCTV footage showed Mr Evans holding his face as he struggled to comprehend what had happened.
DC Barney Dillon, from Westminster Police, said: “I would like to pay tribute to Mr Evans, who despite his ordeal acted with courage and dignity, which is in complete contrast to the cowardly and shameful actions of Bygraves.”
After thousands of people saw the footage, Bygraves was arrested and charged on February 17. He will be sentenced on April 13.