Heroin addict robbed driver

Samantha Crane, 36, of Central Drive, Blackpool, punched a motorist and robbed him on the Promenade.

Samantha Crane, 36, of Central Drive, Blackpool, punched a motorist and robbed him on the Promenade.

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A heroin addict going through withdrawal has been jailed after robbing a motorist and punching him in the face.

Samantha Crane punched the man during a struggle in his car, breaking his glasses and causing a swollen left eye.

The victim, an off duty bus driver, was able to get help from a colleague as well as members of the public following the attack on the Promenade, Blackpool.

Crane, 36, of Central Drive, Blackpool, was jailed for two years and three months by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

She had earlier pleaded guilty to robbery.

Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said the man had been travelling south along the Promenade when he pulled his car over to make a call on April 2 last year.

After finishing the call he put the mobile phone into a charger.

Around that point Crane opened the door and got into the parked Civic, which was near the Queens Hotel.

She asked for some cigarettes, but was refused and the man tried to push her out of the car.

Crane grabbed the mobile phone and a struggle then took place. The man grabbed her arm, to stop her taking the phone.

Crane then punched him to the face, while holding something like a sugar dummy in her hand.

The dummy broke when the blow was struck, hitting him in the eye.

Mr Brookwell added: “The man spotted a bus in front of him and knew the driver.

“He asked for and got his help. Others also went to help him”.

The court heard a local 
hotelier applied ice to his eye injury.

The victim ended up paying £180 for some new glasses and taking a week off work sick.

The defendant later told police she had taken some type of drug at the time as a relief for heroin withdrawal.

Daniel Harman, defending, said Crane had a drink and drug problem that had eaten away at her life.

He said: “Most of the time she has been destroying herself with drink and drugs, not doing anything constructive with her life.

“She has been in the grip of addiction for many years, it has been a life wasted.

“She now finds herself at the age of 36 facing what could be a lengthy custodial sentence”.

Mr Harman said she had managed to dry out and clean herself of drugs.

He added that the offence had been “opportunistic”.

He said: “She has expressed remorse. She wants to apologise to the victim by letter.”