A plucky pensioner clubbed to the ground by a mugger as she left church is too afraid to go out alone after her ordeal.
Lena Clarke spoke as her attacker 22-year-old Mollie Robinson, who has lived in Aviemore, Carrbridge and Grantown, began a three-year jail term for the horrific assault.
When contaced by the Strathy’s sister paper, the Highland News: "Oh, I didn’t know that. I hadn’t heard. I thought I would have heard about it."
Speaking about the effects the attack had on her she said: "I’m fine. I am getting there. It is just a case of one day at a time. I have got good friends and members of the Crown church who help me."
But she added: "It’s stopped me going for walks, but I will get there. It will just take time. I just want to put it all behind me.
"I don’t go out alone… I have got lots of good people around me."
Serial offender Robinson was jailed earlier this week for the callous attack which happened in Telford Avenue in Inverness on Burns Night.
Jailing her, Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood told Robinson, who was already on a number of bail orders, she deliberately targeted her victim to satisfy her own craving for drugs.
Robinson, of HMP Edinburgh, admitted the charge of assault and robbery on January 25.
After being taken back to the cells, in another court later in the day she was sentenced by a different sheriff to eight months on charges of assault, shoplifting and abusive behaviour.
The sentences will run concurrently.
Detective Sergeant Steven MacKenzie said after Robinson had been sentenced for the attack on Ms Clarke: "I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the victim following her terrifying ordeal, and to the members of the public in their invaluable support of investigations which greatly assisted in speedily identifying the person responsible.
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