A teenage girl who mugged Katherine Jenkins has pleaded guilty and offered to apologise to the singer.
Jenkins had her iPhone stolen and a drink knocked out of her hand on London’s Kings Road in early December as she tried to help an elderly lady who was being attacked.
The classical singer was on her way to a rehearsal for a charity concert due to be attended by Carole and Pippa Middleton when the incident took place.
She stepped in to help the woman when she saw that the 15-year-old and her friend were trying to snatch her bag, but ended up being another victim of the pair.
In a hearing at Highbury Magistrates’ Court, the 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted to robbery and assaulting a police officer after the attack.
She said: "I could apologise. I know that's not going to make up for what I did."
The teen was given a six-month referral order to attend appointments with the youth offending team and her mother was ordered to pay £20 compensation.
District Judge Williams said: "If you were 18 and not 15 and you committed that offence you would be sent to a young offender's institution and locked up for several years.
"It a real shock when you get mugged. It has happened to me and it has happened to this lady. It happens an awful lot in the streets of this city."
Jenkins’ broken iPhone was later recovered in the street, with the defendant claiming she had taken it as she thought she was being filmed attacking the elderly woman.
Despite being shaken up by the incident, Jenkins went on to perform at the concert at nearby St Luke’s Church as she didn’t want to let the charity down.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours... pic.twitter.com/nt1Z9dNOck
— Katherine Jenkins (@KathJenkins) December 25, 2019
It was in aid of the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, set up after the 18-year-old, who had been friends with Princes William and Harry, died in a car crash in 2002.
The teen girl’s defence Sabrina Fitzgerald explained her client had been in the area as her friend was attending a job interview at a hairdressers and that she felt very remorseful about her actions, having lived with the shame of them for a month.