A man was arrested on a charge of robbery after robbing a mourning mother who was visiting her son’s grave, police in the United Kingdom said.
Now, 33-year-old Karl Willson of Bishops Stortford, has been sentenced to serve 18 months in prison after being convicted of robbery.
The St. Albans Crown Court heard that the mother was left so shocked and traumatized by Willson's cruel robbery, in which he snatched her handbag as she tended to her son's grave, that she now can only go there if accompanied by someone else.
The court also heard that the 65-year-old woman’s son had died some years earlier, and she would go to the cemetery to tend his grave.
During her last visit, Willson was walking away from the town center, and after entering the cemetery, spotted her. He had been taking drugs and wanted to get money for another fix.
He then went up to the woman and snatched her handbag. Following a scuffle, he managed to run off with the bag, which contained her car keys and her house keys.
As a result, the woman had to have her house locks changed.
Last year, Willson was jailed for 25 months for different offenses and is still serving his sentence. The 18-month prison sentence will only start at the end of the current sentence he is serving for an unrelated crime.