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Death by bank push: Courtney Richman was spared jail after killing pensioner Myra Coutinho-Lopez | UK News

Footage of the incident at a bank in 2021 shows the moment the 82-year-old victim is pushed by a fellow customer.


Saturday 1 June 2024 1:35 pm, United Kingdom

A 26-year-old woman who pushed and killed an elderly pensioner with Alzheimer’s on a bench has avoided prison.

Courtney Richman was found guilty of the manslaughter of Myra Coutinho-Lopez, 82, who died after she was pushed at Lloyds Bank in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire on December 6, 2021.

She was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for 21 months, at Luton Crown Court on Friday.

Mrs Coutinho-Lopez, who suffered from dementia, had gone to the bank to withdraw money but became confused when her bank statements were presented to her at a counter, the court heard.

Richman was in a line of other customers that began to form as staff tried to help.

An argument broke out between the couple over the time Ms Coutinho-López was taking, and Richman applauded when the elderly woman got up from the counter after help from a member of the public.

Footage showed Coutinho-López swinging his bag at Richman, hitting him in the back as he turned around.

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Richman retaliated by pushing Coutinho-López with both hands, causing him to fall on his hip and shoulder, according to Herts police.

She was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries 10 days later.

Richman was arrested the day after the incident.

‘Trapped in an emotional prison’

Michelle López, Coutinho-López’s daughter, paid tribute to her mother after the sentencing, saying: “We have been forced to face the difficulties and trials of life without my dear mother for more than two years.

“His life was taken from him on December 16, 2021, and since then we have been trapped in an emotional prison with scars too deep to repair.

“She has left an indescribable void for all who knew her, including her beloved children, her family and her lifelong friends around the world.”

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She added: “The longing for my mother’s presence is a constant ache in my heart, particularly when I watch other daughters engage in mundane activities with their mothers, such as shopping or sharing a coffee or meal together. These memorable moments now they evoke a feeling of emptiness.

“She is deeply missed by those who knew her and will continue to cherish her memory and honor her legacy of kindness, strength and generosity. She was a shining light on how to survive and thrive in life despite adversity and setbacks.

“After enduring years of waiting, I thank the jury for reaching a guilty verdict and for the work of officers from Hertfordshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.”

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