A "callous" robber snatched a handbag from a pregnant woman while threatening to beat her unborn baby out of her.

Twisted Kelly Lavelle then headed to a pub with her ill-gotten gains and overdosed on heroin.

The 33-year-old grabbed her victim by the wrist and said "you're f***ing coming with me," before leaving her in the street, crying.

The victim described it as "the scariest and most horrific thing she's ever been through," according to NorthWalesLive.

Mold Crown Court heard Lavelle was charged with robbery after the "callous" attack on Ashley Hawkes in September.

Ms Hawkes was walking home along John Street in the Welsh seaside resort of Rhyl just after 9pm and was on the phone to her grandmother.

She said she noticed Lavelle and a male walk past her and said she thought the defendant "looked drunk at the time" but didn't think anything else of it until Lavelle turned around and asked her name.

The case was heard at Mold Law Courts

Lavelle then forcefully grabbed her by the wrist and said "you're f***ing coming with me."

Ms Hawkes resisted and sat on the floor just outside The Lorne Pub, telling Lavelle she was pregnant and pleaded with her to leave her alone.

When the man she was walking with told Lavelle to stop because she was pregnant, Lavelle said "I don't give a f**k, I'll beat the baby out of her."

Despite Ms Hawkes desperate pleas, Lavelle snatched her handbag off her shoulder and took off.

Richard Woods, a staff member from The Lorne pub, witnessed the incident and went to check on Ms Hawkes, who was sitting in the street crying.

Mr Woods followed the defendant down Market Street where he saw Lavelle shaking the bag upside down.

He continued to follow Lavelle and the man she was with and heard her say "all I've got is £20 and a bank card" before throwing the bag on the floor and walking towards Russell Road.  

Mr Woods picked up the bag and returned it to Ms Hawkes before police arrived.

CCTV footage showed Lavelle emptying the contents of the handbag and she was arrested on September 11.

Lavelle caused 'psychological harm' to the victim

Initially she denied the offence and said the person on the CCTV couldn't have been her because at the time she was in a pub where she overdosed on heroin.

However police discovered she had in fact been to The Imperial House pub after the robbery took place and collapsed in the beer garden before being taken to hospital.

Lavelle later pleaded guilty to the attack on Ms Hawkes who suffers from bipolar, depression and anxiety.

Reading out Ms Hawkes victim impact statement to the court, prosecutor Oliver King said the incident had caused "psychological harm" to the victim.

Mr King said that Ms Hawkes described the incident as "the scariest and most horrific thing she's ever been through."

He said it left her unable to go to the shop by herself and it has had an impact on her pregnancy.

He also said Ms Hawkes had even felt suicidal and didn't know how her life would ever be the same again.

Defending, Simon Killeen described Levelle as a woman who periodically "completely loses her fight to drugs" which is what happened that night.

Sentencing Lavelle, of Troed-y-Rhiw, Love Lane, Denbigh, to two and a half years in prison, Judge Parry described the act as "callous" and "cruel".

Mr Parry said: "You of all people should know what it's like to be vulnerable and alone.

"What you saw was a lone female at night and for you she was easy pray.

"What you did was callous and cruel.

"You verbally abused her, you knew she was pregnant and you used that to your advantage to terrify her, threatening to harm the unborn child.

"She was literally begging you - don't hurt me, don't steal from me, I'm pregnant - but you ignored that and you took her handbag."

The defendant had recently come off a suspended sentence when this incident occurred and she has 35 previous convictions.

Lavelle will serve one half, minus the number of days she has already served on remand for this incident, and she will then be released supervised on licence.