A hospital pharmacist yelled for help when a would-be robber grabbed her and tried to steal her car keys.
The brave key worker was on her way to her car about 80 meters from the main entrance of the Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham.
The city’s crown court heard on Monday, July 19, that the drunken Lee Fletcher was also standing outside the hospital doors with a woman who had previously been in the hospital.
District Attorney Gareth Gimson said, “It appears they were floating outside those front doors for no apparent reason”.
Fletcher followed the victim as she left the hospital at 1:45 a.m. on April 7th this year.
She had her purse in the passenger seat when Fletcher yelled “Give me your keys” and she replied “no” and tried to leave.
But Fletcher didn’t let that put him off and followed her around the vehicle once or twice. She went back to the main entrance and he followed her and tried to open the car doors.
She saw him doing it and automatically locked the car.
Fletcher still asked for her keys as he followed her, then grabbed her and pulled her back by the hair.
She said, “I was really scared and yelled for help”.
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She was in a headlock by now and it felt like she’d been hit twice on the back of the head.
“He kept trying to get her keys from her,” added Mr. Gimson. “He pulled and pushed her. She felt it go on for a few minutes. She managed to push him away. He was getting angrier and angrier.”
Two hospital guards rushed over and the whole incident came to an end.
The woman was very shocked by what had happened and was left with shoulder pain.
Fletcher pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was sentenced to three years and six weeks in prison. He has already been recalled to prison for a burglary and that sentence will run concurrently with the new one through January 2023.
Recorder Richard Davis told Fletcher, 37, previously of Manly Close, Top Valley, “There is no doubt this was a cowardly and drunken attack on a health care worker who worked hard during the pandemic.”
Mitigating Matthew Smith said on behalf of Fletcher: “This was in no way a planned or elaborate crime. It was an offense committed in alcohol. “
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