Thug snared by palm print

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A PALM print left on a subway wall has brought a violent mugger to justice nearly six years on.

Police who reviewed the robbery, committed in the summer of 2005, used advanced scientific techniques to match the print to Craig Lee Grimshaw, now 25.

The victim, John Steadman, who was 52 at the time, had only just been discharged from hospital that day after treatment for a heart attack.

He was followed and set upon as he walked along Balby Road, Doncaster. Grimshaw, then 19, grabbed him from behind and dragged him down the slope of the subway.

Mr Steadman tried to resist but ended up on the ground where he curled into a ball as Grimshaw kicked and stamped on him five or six times, prosecutor Neil Coxon told Doncaster Crown Court.

The victim later told police he was ‘petrified’ he would die or have another heart attack.

Mr Steadman suffered cuts, grazing and bruising to his face, arm and leg, but dared not stay in hospital long enough for treatment because he was worried the robber would use his stolen keys to burgle his house.

The mugger was last seen running away across Westfield Park.

But in November last year a palm print taken from the subway wall was analysed again, using techniques not available in 2005. It was identified at last as Grimshaw’s.

When detectives went to arrest him at his house in Barnsley Avenue, Conisbrough, Grimshaw made a full admission and said he had been addicted to drugs.

Grimshaw, who pleaded guilty to robbery, has 20 previous convictions but is now sole carer for his six-year-old son.

The judge decided to adjourn sentencing until later this month to await a report on the child’s welfare. Grimshaw was bailed.