Sofija Kaczan death: Mugger guilty of killing 100-year-old

Artur Waszkiewicz in the dock
Image caption Artur Waszkiewicz admitted finding the bag but said it was empty

A mugger has been found guilty of killing a 100-year-old woman whose neck was broken in a handbag robbery.

Sofija Kaczan died of pneumonia on 6 June in Normanton, Derby, days after the attack.

Mrs Kaczan was robbed near her home in Empress Road, Normanton, on 28 May as she made her way to church.

Artur Waszkiewicz, 40, of Wolfa Street, Derby, had denied manslaughter and robbery but was convicted at Derby Crown Court.

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Image caption Sofija Kaczan was on her way to church when she was attacked

Heroin addict Waszkiewicz knocked her to the floor, took her handbag and left her to bleed in the middle of the road.

Polish-born Ms Kaczan, who survived a Nazi camp during the Second World War, suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured neck and cheekbone.

She later died of pneumonia brought on by the injuries she sustained in the attack.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for just over two hours before unanimously convicting Waszkiewicz.

The defendant, wearing a black velvet jacket and velvet slipper shoes, looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as the verdicts were delivered.

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