Award for hero who snared thug

Paul Steadman, 45, who attacked Theresa Cain in her home after failing to return to Kirkham Prison when he was let out on day release
Paul Steadman, 45, who attacked Theresa Cain in her home after failing to return to Kirkham Prison when he was let out on day release
  • Thug Paul Steadman viciously beat an elderly woman while absconding from day release.
  • Brave Tariq Patel chased after him when he robbed another woman the next day and was attacked by Steadman too.
  • But the description he was able to give to police help to secure a conviction.
  • Now Mr Patel has been praised for his “bravery and public-spirited conduct”.
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A man whose brave actions led to the capture of a violent thug who brutally beat a pensioner has been given an award by a judge.

Paul Steadman, 45, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 10 years for brutally attacking a grandmother in her home while absconding from day release at HMP Kirkham.

He left elderly Theresa Cain lying in a pool of her own blood after beating and throttling her when she refused to give him money for drugs on Sunday, May 4 last year.

The next day he robbed a woman on Manchester Road, Avenham, Preston, and attacked have-a-go hero Tariq Patel with a pair of pliers when he chased him.

Mr Patel, of Millham Street, Blackburn, was injured in the scuffle.

The description he gave to officers helped secure Steadman’s conviction.

Judge Stuart Baker, who gave him the accolade in a private hearing at Preston Crown Court, said “The award was for the witness’s bravery and public-spirited conduct in pursuing a dangerous offender who had committed a number of very serious offences while at large after failing to return to prison from a temporary release from a long prison sentence.

“The witness pursued the robber and caught up with him and persuaded him to relinquish the stolen property, whereupon the offender attacked the witness with a pair of pliers, causing the witness a painful, although fortunately not serious, injury.”

Steadman previously admitted burglary, aggravated burglary, grievous bodily harm, assault, two counts of robbery and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.