Mugging suspect’s bail plea refused by court

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A JUDGE has thrown out an application for bail from a man accused of mugging a pensioner.

Derek McCray, 22, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court last Friday where his legal team made submissions appealing for him to be released from custody.

But Judge John Holt refused their pleas, ruling that McCray should stay locked up.

McCray, of Heath Road, Brandon, is charged with robbery following an incident on March 10 in which 76-year-old Sylvia Ballard was allegedly robbed of her handbag in Kingsway, Mildenhall.

She had been walking home alone from Mildenhall Social Club at around 10.45pm when the alleged attack took place.

Ms Ballard was recovering from a stroke at the time of the incident and used a stick when walking.

The incident left the pensioner in West Suffolk Hospital after she suffered a broken arm, head and facial injuries.

Friends of Ms Ballard have branded the attackers ‘scumbags’ and more than £200 has been raised to help get her back on her feet.

McCray will now remain in custody until his next court appearance on June 1.

He will appear alongside Bjorn Grahn, 20, of Riverside Close, Mildenhall, and Sean Woods, 21, of Girton Close, Mildenhall, who are also charged with robbery.

Grahn is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

Woods faces two further charges of theft from a person in relation to two separate alleged incidents in Mildenhall on February 18 and 23.

n POLICE are now looking for a man they believe may hold vital information relating to the alleged robbery.

The man police would like to speak to is described as white, in his 50s, about 5ft 8ins and clean shaven with short, brown or greying hair.

A witness has told police he offered the man a lift in a silver Renault Clio at about 11pm on the same night at Hanmer Avenue and dropped him off at St Catherine’s Close.

Calls should be made to Det con Sarah Shepperson on 101.