Man who punched woman as he tried to snatch her handbag is jailed

Man is jailed for attempted robbery.
Man is jailed for attempted robbery.

A man has been jailed following a violent attempted robbery against a woman in Bedford last year.

Daddy Smith, 28, of Juniper Walk, Kempston, was jailed for four years at Luton Crown Court on Wednesday (September 23) after being found guilty of attempted robbery.

The incident happened in October last year when a woman was approached by Smith, who was wearing a hooded top and riding a bike.

He tried to snatch the victim’s handbag before punching her to the ground.

The handbag was recovered when the victim’s son pursued Smith, who then made off towards Jubilee Park.

Smith was arrested and charged by Bedfordshire Police later the same week following a positive identification made by the victim’s son.

Det Con Andy Boston said: “This was a nasty, violent attack on a defenceless victim who was left extremely shaken by Smith’s abhorrent actions.

“The victim’s son played a crucial part in securing this conviction after he came face to face with Daddy Smith when trying to detain him.

“He was later tracked down and charged thanks to excellent investigative work by our officers, who are dedicated to bringing offenders like Smith to justice.

“Bedfordshire Police’s commitment to fighting robbery is reflected in our most recent figures, which show robbery is down 15 per cent this year to date, compared to same the period last year.”

Smith’s four-year prison term will run concurrently with a sentence for other offences.

Reports of robbery against an individual in Bedfordshire have dropped by 13 per cent since the start of the financial year in April, compared with the same period in 2014. Across the same periods, robbery against a business premises has dropped by 31 per cent.

In total incidents of robbery have dropped by 15 per cent year on year.

Robbery is one of the Bedfordshire Police’s priorities and the force remains committed to working together with our partners and the public to tackle crime and protecting the public.