Man admits to pensioner killing
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.