A STUDENT was left terrified after he was attacked by a homeless woman who was trying to rob him.

Southampton Crown Court heard how Kayleigh Randall tried to rob the student as he walked out of Palmerston Park in Southampton in the early hours of July 10.

As he walked along Portland Terrace Randall began the attack by rifling through his pockets, pushing him and then eventually punching him.

In the end she escaped empty-handed. The student went back to his halls of residence were he raised the alarm. Witnesses described him as being “utterly terrified”.

Police then drove the victim around the city in a car and he managed to pick out Randall, who was still in the area.

In court the 25-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Mitigating, Megan Topliss said Randall, who had previously committed 124 offences, had had a troubled upbringing and struggled with anger management issues.

The court also heard how she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the attack.