A young woman arrested in Gloucester after attacking a pensioner in Coventry city centre has been jailed for two years.
Coral Millerchip’s sickening attack on frail Joginder Singh, 80, was caught on camera and viewed thousands of times online.
Mr Singh, of Cannon Park, who had a form of dementia, died three months after the attack from an unrelated health complaint.
His family said he was never the same after the brutal assault, saying he was “edgy” and “nervous” in his own home.
Millerchip, 20, was sentenced at Leamington Crown Court on Friday, May 9. The ‘troubled’ woman was also handed a further 20 months for an unconnected burglary.
She was seen shoving, kicking and punching the man to the floor, leaving him with a cut nose and bruising across his body; she also spat on the pensioner as he lay on the ground.
On sentencing, Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said Millerchip had “humiliated” Mr Singh.
“It’s difficult to think of a more serious type of this offence,” she said. “This man was very vulnerable due to his age and due to a medical condition.
“Even if his condition wasn’t apparent his age must have been.
“Whatever had happened before, whatever you thought he had done, he was no threat to you at all.
“He was an elderly gentleman – you could have just walked away from him.
“Instead of that you assaulted him and humiliated him.
“You know and I know that know that nothing could justify what you did.”
Footage of the attack was caught by a passer-by on mobile phone camera which, when uploaded onto YouTube, attracted thousands of views and messages of indignation by viewers shocked by Millerchip’s outburst against an elderly man.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Markham, from Coventry CID, said: “We have continued to liaise with Mr Singh’s family throughout the investigation and they have been informed of today’s outcome.
“What happened to Mr Singh was deeply upsetting for everyone; it was a sickening assault. Despite the fact we could not show the assault and his death were connected the close proximity of events is something we have explored in great detail and recognise the family’s trauma. Our thoughts remain with them and those affected by Mr Singh’s death.”