Leyburn Hammer Attacker Sentenced
4:46pm 27th April 2012
Ellen Margaret Louise Pounder, 47 of Carperby near Leyburn has today (27th April 2012) been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order for her attack on an 84 year old woman in Leyburn in November last year.
Teesside Crown Court granted the hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Pounder pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and assault on 21st February 2012.
Background to the case
At around 11am on Monday 28th November 2011, Pounder attacked her victim in public toilets near the alleyway at the side of the Posthorn Tea and Coffee shop on the market place.
The victim, who is from the local area, was hit on her head six times before her handbag was taken. The bag was later found in a separate block of public toilets near the cinema with the contents missing.
Pounder used a hammer and a stick to attack her victim leaving her bleeding from a serious head injury.
Pounder was arrested by North Yorkshire Police late in the evening of 28 November 2011.
Detective Inspector Andrea Kell who led the investigation said:
“I am satisfied that justice has now been done for the victim of this distressing and shocking attack.
“The incident has left the victim with nightmares and sleepless nights. She was previously an active and independent lady, but is now unable to leave her home by herself. She is in physical pain from the scars left by the assault and cannot perform the simple of task of combing her hair without suffering severe pain.
“Despite Leyburn being the nearest town to the victim’s home and containing her favourite shops, she has been unable to visit the town since the attack.
“We hope that today’s outcome gives the victim some confidence to rebuild her life in the knowledge that Pounder is now facing up to the consequences of her actions.”
PICTURED: Ellen Margaret Louise Pounder
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