A 36 year old man appeared in Birmingham Crown Court today, charged with the manslaughter of Carole Mudie, who died in January just 16 days after being mugged on her own doorstep.
On 6th January 2013, Mrs Mudie, 68, was pushed to the ground by a man who snatched her handbag as she returned to her home in Hawksmoor Gardens after an evening at bingo. The pensioner suffered a broken hip in the attack and died from her injuries in hospital on January 22nd.
The day after the attack, West Midlands Police detectives arrested a 36-year-old man from the West Heath area – he was subsequently charged with two robberies and two thefts in the south Birmingham area.
And today, following extensive police enquiries, the same man appeared at Birmingham Crown Court charged with Mrs Mudie’s manslaughter, plus another bag snatch robbery against a pensioner on January 5 near Hawkesley Square.
He will also hear accusations that he grabbed a 72-year-old woman’s handbag in Kempsey Covert, Hawkesley, on January 7 and dragged a woman out of her vehicle in Hawkseley Square on December 28 before stealing her sat nav.
The two theft charges relate to purse dipping incidents in Northfield Shopping Centre on December 27 and another at a newsagent in Watford Road, Cotteridge, on January 3.
Retired care worker Mrs Mudie was attacked as she walked from her car to the front door of her home in Hawkmoor Gardens, Hawkesley, where she’d lived for more than 30 years.
Following her death Mrs Mudie’s daughter Carey released a tribute in which she described her mum as “bubbly, happy and with a great sense of humour”.
She added: “”She lived for us and the children; she was selfless like that and had so many friends. Our world has been blown apart and we can’t believe she has gone; the whole family is devastated she’s been taken from us in this way.”