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James Corcoran jailed for robbing pregnant Natalie Foster

Lawn Street, Paisley
Image caption Corcoran attacked Natalie Foster in Lawn Street, Paisley

A man who admitted assaulting and robbing a pregnant woman who was on crutches has been jailed for 22 months.

James Corcoran was just out of custody when he grabbed a mobile phone from Natalie Foster in Lawn Street, Paisley, on 20 May, causing her to fall over.

The 29-weeks pregnant victim hit her stomach but suffered no ill-effects.

At Paisley Sheriff Court, Corcoran also admitted committing a break-in at a house in the town after being released on bail for the attack on Ms Foster.

The court heard how Corcoran was identified by police from CCTV images following the attack on Ms Foster.

'Appalling conduct'

He was released on bail the following day but was caught by officers in a house he had broken into in Paisley.

Sheriff Neil Douglas described the attack on Ms Foster as "appalling conduct".

He said: "Clearly this is someone who is completely out of control."

Jailing Corcoran, the sheriff said the period of imprisonment should "make it clear to anyone that the courts will impose heavy sentences for matters such as this".

Corcoran was also told that he will be supervised on his release and warned he would be returned to prison if he re-offended.