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Greenhithe mugger who beat a 78-year-old man caged for almost four years

PUBLISHED: 14:41 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:41 20 April 2015

Jack Ludlow

Jack Ludlow

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Police said he showed 'sickening violence and utter disregard for his victim'

Greenhithe mugger Jack Ludlow has been jailed for almost four years after he admitted robbing a 78-year-old pensioner in Swanscombe.

Ludlow, 21-years-old, of Knockhall Close was sentenced to 46 months in prison at Maidstone Crown Court after pleading guilty to the mugging, as well as another count of assault and another attempted robbery.

He attacked his elderly victim, while he was walking along Milton Road at around 10pm. Ludlow pounced on him, knocking him to the ground before punching him in the head several times. His victim was able to rip a cord off Ludlow’s top during the scuffle. The attacker then snatched the pensioner’s keys and ran off. Police were called, with officers going to the scene to investigate.

Ludlow returned to the crime scene hours later to find a crime scene investigator examining the cord which the victim had torn from Ludlow’s top. When Ludlow pushed him over, he was arrested.

Moments before the elderly man was robbed, Ludlow tried to snatch a handbag away from a woman walking nearby. She screamed and fled.

Detective Sergeant Cara Ferguson of Kent Police said: “Jack Ludlow displayed sickening violence and utter disregard for his victim. He preyed on an elderly man late at night, beating him and leaving him with serious facial injuries. I commend the victim for his strength throughout this ordeal and I hope the news Ludlow is behind bars brings him some measure of closure.

“In addition to this extremely serious offence, Ludlow targeted a woman walking on her own and then later turned his anger onto a police employee who was trying to do his job. Now he has been sentenced to prison, where he undoubtedly belongs.”

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