A woman who robbed her neighbour using what a judge called “extreme violence” has been jailed for four and a half years.
Ruth Ignacio had been with her victim to the post office earlier in the day where money was withdrawn. The defendant was even treated by her victim to a meal.
But Ignacio later borrowed £10 from her victim and went on to demand more money before punching her and kneeing her to the face. She then took £60 pounds from her pocket and also stole a mobile phone.
Ignacio, 35, of Derby Road, Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to the robbery which happened in March. The victim, a woman of similar age, suffered a cut to the bridge of her nose.
Mark Stephenson, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said that on March 20 this year the two women went to the post office together.
The victim withdrew £100, which Ignacio witnessed. The money was going to be used to pay bills.
The women went for something to eat, with the victim paying for the defendant.
Ignacio later went to the woman’s home. She asked for a £10 loan and was given it.
But Ignacio went on to say: “I am going to give you five seconds for you to give me your money”. She then started counting down the seconds.
Mr Stephenson said: “She pounced on the woman, pinning her to the bed, trying to put hands in her pocket.
“The defendant got off her, went to the door and locked it. She went on to punch her once with a clenched fist on the nose, grabbed her by the hair and kneed her in the face. She also pushed her down and took £60 from her pocket. She also took her phone”.
Rosalind Emsley-Smith, defending, said of Ignacio: “This is a woman who, for many many years, has struggled with a drug addiction. For many many years she has struggled with prolonged periods of homelessness.
“She says she is tired of being frightened and hungry. She is determined to put this period of custody to good use, to rid herself of her addiction, not to fall back into old ways”.
The judge, Recorder Anthony Cross QC, told Ignacio as he passed sentence : “You used quite extreme violence.
“The only way it could have been worse was if you had picked up a weapon and used it.
“She must have been terrified because you look a powerful woman.
“I dare say, when you lose your temper, you really lose it”.
The defendant must also pay a £120 surcharge, she was told.