Grant Shipley punched and kicked grandmother Jean Smith in the face before robbing her of £120
Jean Smith, 63, was attacked from behind just yards from her home after Grant Shipley commented on how cold the night was then tried to grab her bag.
But the grandmother-of-16 tussled with 25-year-old Shipley as he bellowed at her to hand over her handbag containing £120.
Hull Crown Court heard how Mrs Smith only let go when her eyes filled with blood after the "despicable" mugger punched and kicked her in the face, breaking her cheekbone.
Mrs Smith, who is now too scared to leave the home she has lived in 45 years, suffered two black eyes, a bruised arm and knuckles, and an injury to her nose.
These people have no idea what the impact they do can have on someone's life
Speaking after Shipley was jailed for ten years and three months this week, Mrs Smith said: "These people have no idea what the impact they do can have on someone's life.
"They think they can just come up to you, take your money and punch and kick you.
"He's a nasty piece of work. I'm glad he's off the streets but I'm always looking over my shoulder now.
Jean Smith had been followed home by Shipley on January 5 of this year
Jean only let go of her handbag when her eyes filled with blood after Smith punched and kicked her
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"I'd want him never to come out but at least he's going to be off the streets for at least seven years."
The pensioner from Bransholme, Hull, had been followed home by Shipley after she stopped to get a Chinese take-away on January 5 of this year.
Describing the attack Mrs Smith said: "He kept shouting, 'Give me your f****** bag' and I kept shouting 'You're not having it'.
"He kicked me in the face and kept shouting at me to give him my bag but I kept saying no and he kicked me in the face again.
"That's when I felt the blood running into my eyes and I let go – I couldn't see anything."
Grant Shipley was jailed for ten years and three months
Earlier the court heard Shipley had embarked on a crime spree to fund his drug habit and forced his 71-year-old grandad to handover £20 saying: "I'm sorry grandad. It's not me, it's the drugs – I don't know what I'm doing."
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court how Shipley also stole his former partner's child's bicycle in a bid to collect more drug cash.
Shipley admitted burglary and two counts of robbery, and asked for four other offences to be taken into consideration.
After the hearing Detective Chief Inspector Nikki Miller of Humberside Police said: "The judge has recognised the seriousness of this vicious and cowardly attack on an unsuspecting woman, which left her with serious facial injuries.
"I would also like to commend her for her bravery throughout the incident and in helping to bring this despicable man to justice."