Man admits to pensioner killing

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.''Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of Jean Myers who police have named as the 89-year-old woman who died after she was robbed in the street. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday June 18, 2011. Two people were arrested on suspicion of murder after the pensioner had her bag grabbed in Gomersal, West Yorkshire. She suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where she later died. The pensioner was robbed on Quarry Road near to the junction of Oxford Road. West Yorkshire Police said inquiries were ongoing and a man aged 26 and a 25-year-old woman who were arrested on suspicion of murder remained in custody. See PA story POLICE Street. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.''Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of Jean Myers who police have named as the 89-year-old woman who died after she was robbed in the street. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday June 18, 2011. Two people were arrested on suspicion of murder after the pensioner had her bag grabbed in Gomersal, West Yorkshire. She suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where she later died. The pensioner was robbed on Quarry Road near to the junction of Oxford Road. West Yorkshire Police said inquiries were ongoing and a man aged 26 and a 25-year-old woman who were arrested on suspicion of murder remained in custody. See PA story POLICE Street. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further
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A MAN has admitted unlawfully killing Gomersal pensioner Jean Myers during a street robbery in June.

Paul Glynn Halstead, 26, of Shirley Parade, Gomersal, has admitted robbing Mrs Myers, 89, just yards from her home on June 17 this year, Leeds Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

He stole Mrs Myers brown handbag as she walked along Quarry Road, causing the pensioner to fall and hit her head.

She was rushed to Bradford Royal Infirmary, where she later died.

Halstead also admitted to stealing a grey handbag belonging to Elanna Maive Herod just hours later.

Mrs Myers’ bag contained just £15.94 in cash, along with a pair of glasses, an umbrella, two purses and credit cards with a total value of £65.90.

Ms Herod’s bag contained cash, a sat-nav and mobile phone with a total value of £500.

Halstead was arrested just hours later by police and was charged with manslaughter and two counts of robbery.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Halstead spoke to confirm his name and enter a plea. He was dressed in dark coloured clothing and had closely cropped blond hair.

His barrister Charlotte Eastwood told the court that Halstead had no previous convictions but had previously been in contact with the Priestley Unit, at Dewsbury and District Hospital, which specialises in mental health.

Ms Eastwood said he had to be interviewed in the presence of an appropriate adult following his arrest.

She said: “He has it would appear come out of his mental health problems while in custody and, bearing in mind his history, it would be beneficial to get a report.”

Judge Jennifer Kershaw QC remanded Halstead in custody until November 1, while psychiatric and pre-sentence reports are prepared.

The community is still recovering after the tragic death of Mrs Myers, who was described in glowing terms after the incident.

She was a devout church goer and member of St Mary’s Church, Gomersal, and also helped at Gomersal St Mary’s School where she helped children read and led the Tots Praise with the youngest children.