Nun, 85, mugged by moped thugs who knocked her to ground and stole holy water

A petrified nun was knocked to the ground by two thugs riding a motorbike before they stole her bag containing holy water in a brutal attack.

Adam Fenton and Matthew Goodwillie have been sentenced for a premeditated robbery that targeted an 85-year-old nun on Cottingham Road, Hull.

The frail victim was walking along the road when she was "rammed to the ground" by a moped that mounted the pavement at around 7.45 pm on November 23, 2019, reports Hull Live.

She was unable to recall how many people were involved in the crime and didn't notice that her handbag had been stolen until she was helped to her feet by a passer-by.

The bag, which contained keys with addresses, a silver medal on a string and a bottle of holy water, was later returned to her after it was found discarded.

Police arrested Fenton, who is now 21, after they identified him as the rider on the back of the moped.

Upon his arrest, officers had found 30 bags of cannabis with a street value of around £535 inside his home alongside drugs paraphernalia.

They also found evidence on mobile phones that showed Fenton was facing significant pressure from people who claimed he owed them money, sent as messages on the day of the robbery.

Fenton, of Terry Street in Hull, led officers to the moped driver Goodwillie, 23, who would have avoided charges had it not been for the significant assistance of Fenton.

For his part in the robbery and for possession with intent to supply, Fenton was given a 24 month suspended sentence and a community order of 200 hours unpaid work.

Goodwillie, of Troutsdale Grove, Hull, was identified as the leader in the abhorrent crime and received five years and 11 months imprisonment for his part in the robbery and for possession of a bladed weapon in September this year.

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He was described to the court as someone with a number of previous convictions ranging from drug offences to battery and criminal damage.

Defence barrister Steven Garth told the court that Goodwillie had suffered a "wretched upbringing" and said he had been on medication for unconfirmed schizophrenia and paranoid for a number of years.

Mr Garth also confirmed that Goodwillie had experienced problems with Class A drug addiction since the age of just 13.

The court was told that shortly before the robbery, Goodwillie had taken crack cocaine. Describing the robbery, Mr Garth said: "It was a wicked act on his part and a terrible ordeal for the elderly victim."

Judge Thackray agreed, telling Goodwillie: "Your carefully chosen victim was an 85-year-old lady walking on her own at night, among the most vulnerable people in our society.

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"You drove into her on a moped and rammed her to the ground, such an action could have caused serious injury if not a fatality.

"I have not the first trouble in identifying you as the lead in this enterprise being the older man at the time of the offence and exerting considerable influence on you co-defendant."

Fenton, who pleaded guilty to both the charge of robbery and possession with intent to supply, was given the opportunity to speak in court to express his regret for his part in the robbery.

Defence barrister David Godfrey said that since the time of the offence, Fenton had turned his life around, gaining employment and a partner and committing no further crimes.

Judge Thackray recognised that without Fenton's help, Goodwillie would have escaped justice and that the information had been given at great personal risk with Fenton confirming he had received indirect personal threats.

He said: "I do accept that you are genuinely remorseful and that over the last two years you have managed to turn your life around and find work."

When passing his sentence, Judge Thackray told Fenton: "You should consider yourself extremely lucky."

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