AN ELDERLY nun was knocked down by two men on mopeds when walking home at night, risking potentially fatal injury, a court has been told.
Matthew Goodwillie, 23, and Adam Fenton, who was 19 at the time, tore the 85-year-old’s possessions from her grasp. Although mostly personal items, she also had a bottle of holy water in her possession.
The incident took place just before 8pm on 23 November, 2019, on Cottingham Road in west Hull.
Hull Crown Court heard that CCTV footage had quickly identified Adam Fenton, who then told police that Matthew Goodwillie had been in control of the scooter.
Both men later admitted involvement in the robbery.
The CCTV was played in court, highlighting the moment the moped passed the nun, then turned around to mount the pavement and collide with her.
Judge John Thackray QC told Fenton and 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.
“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.”
The elderly nun could not determine the number of people on the scooter, not registering that her bag was missing until witnesses came to her aid.
Her belongings had been discarded close to where the attack took place.
Police arrested Adam Fenton at his home, also finding 30 bags of cannabis worth over £530.
Police also discovered messages on phones located in the property from people threatening Fenton over what they considered debts.
Also from Hull, Matthew Goodwillie had previously racked up a number of convictions, including battery and criminal damage.
Steven Garth, Goodwillie’s barrister, told the court that his client had been addicted to Class A drugs from his early teenage years.
Mr Garth told the court that the robbery was a “wicked act on his part and a terrible ordeal for the elderly victim.”
David Godfrey, Adam Fenton’s barrister, said that Fenton had “turned his life around” since the attack, now 21-years-old and employed.
Judge Thackray told Fenton: “You should consider yourself extremely lucky.”
He was handed a two-year suspended sentence, in addition to 200 hours of unpaid work.
Matthew Goodwillie was sentenced to five years and 11 months in prison for the offences of robbery and possession of a bladed weapon.
Judge Thackray described Goodwillie as “the. “Brinkwire Summary News”.