An 85-year-old nun could have been killed when she was mown down and mugged for her holy water by moped thugs, Hull Crown Court heard on Friday.
The elderly sister was walking along Cottingham Road in Hull on November 23, 2019 at around 7.45pm when she was floored and had her bag snatched by Matthew Goodwillie, 23, and teenager Adam Fenton, now 21.
The dazed victim could not remember how many people had been on the moped and only noticed that her handbag had been stolen when she was helped to her feet by a shocked bystander.
The contents of the handbag was mainly personal items including keys with addresses written on tags, a silver medal on a string and the bottle of holy water.
Matthew Goodwillie, 23 (pictured), was sentenced to five years and 11 months for his part in the robbery and was only found after his accomplice gave him up
CCTV footage of the incident, shown to Judge John Thackray, showed the moped passing her in the direction of Beverley Road before turning back, mounting the pavement and ramming the elderly nun to the ground.
She was reunited with her property when the satchel was later found after being thrown away by the robbers after the attack at 7.45pm in Cottingham Road, Hull, East Yorkshire.
Fenton, of Terry Street in Hull, was identified from CCTV footage and police who arrested him found 30 bags of cannabis with a street value of £535 at his home in Hull.
There was also evidence contained on mobile phones at Fenton's address to suggest the defendant owed a number of people money, which may have motivated the robbery.
Prosecutor Jessica Strange told the court that Fenton had pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery and possession with intent to supply, and had offered to provide information about the crime to police.
When taken in for questioning, Fenton provided significant help to police and gave up