An mum-of-two who robbed a schoolgirl while she was on a visit to Clitheroe Castle has been sentenced to 10 months’ youth custody.
A court heard that after her ordeal, the 13-year-old pupil had had her confidence knocked so much that she no longer wanted to visit the castle grounds.
Bobbie-Jo Martin, 20, of Dowry Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to 10 months at a Young Offenders Institution.
Mrs Hilary Banks, prosecuting, told the court the robbery took place on April 21 this year.
She said the victim was with friends at Clitheroe Castle and was in her school uniform when the incident happened.
Martin was with her boyfriend when she approached the group of schoolchildren and if they had seen a mobile.
The youngsters even tried to help by ringing the phone, but it was switched off.
Martin then grabbed the girl by her hair and punched her causing a small cut and her head to be sore. She took her iPod.
In mitigation, James Heyworth, defending, said Martin had pleaded guilty and she had two small children.
Judge Heather Lloyd told Martin she should have realised she had taken an iPod and that it was not a mobile telephone.
"There was no need to thump her and hit her at all," said the judge.
She added: "There was no need for you to do what you did to this vulnerable victim in broad daylight in front of others in a relatively safe place.
"The fact you are a mother makes it all the more disgraceful the way you acted to this child," said Judge Lloyd.
She told Martin, who had previous convictions for violence, the fact she had been drinking was no mitigation.
At the time of the robbery she was the subject of a suspended sentence for being drunk and disorderly and having a bladed article in a public place.