A disabled pensioner described how a 鈥渓owest of the low鈥?mugger stole from him as he visited a newsagent while walking on his two sticks.

Renee Weaver targeted vulnerable Gerard Stevenson as he visited Sanghas newsagent鈥檚 in Croxteth, swiping cash and his Lottery ticket from him.

Yesterday, Weaver was spared jail by a judge at Liverpool Crown Court, who said the 35-year-old was facing 鈥渄emons鈥?from her heroin addiction.

Mr Stevenson, 65, today told the ECHO he believed Weaver - who got a two year suspended sentence, and must go on a drug rehabilitation programme - should have been put behind bars.

Speaking about last November鈥檚 confrontation, he said: 鈥淚t was a day when I would go to get my Disability Living Allowance money.

鈥淚 got £100 from the Post Office, and it鈥檚 then a couple of minutes walk to the newsagent to put the lottery on.

鈥淭here, it all kicked off.

Renee Weaver pictured on CCTV at Sanghas newsagents in Croxteth

鈥淪he just kept me talking, while there was another girl behind me.

鈥淭he second girl threw a wobbly, and fell to the floor, and then Renee suddenly put her hand in my pocket for my money.

鈥淚 said 鈥榶ou鈥檝e just put your hand in my pocket,?and gave her £1 to try and get rid of her.?/p>

Mr Stevenson, whose son Keith has described the thief鈥檚 actions as 鈥渄isgusting鈥? managed to get £60 back before the culprits escaped.

CCTV was released to the ECHO by detectives to try and catch those responsible, leading to Weaver鈥檚 arrest.

Mr Stevenson said: 鈥淚鈥檇 only just got out of hospital when it happened, after an operation.

鈥淪he should have got some jail time, at the very least, but there鈥檚 nothing I can do about it now.

鈥淚t shocked me.

鈥淚 use my sticks to get around, so I can be vulnerable.

鈥淚 was recovering from a procedure on my bowel, so I couldn鈥檛 do anything when they confronted me.

鈥淚t鈥檚 pretty low to pick on someone like me.

鈥淚t鈥檚 definitely made me more wary.?/p>

Weaver, of Belmont Drive, Tuebrook, initially denied committing the crime, but pleaded guilty to theft ahead of a trial at Liverpool Crown Court .

The thief has many past convictions, including a sneak theft from an elderly victim, and robberies in 2003 and 2012.

She has been sentenced for possessing drugs, assault, affray, handling stolen goods, failing to surrender, false imprisonment, burglary and possessing a knife.

But Recorder Samantha Presland spared Weaver custody after hearing pleas from her barrister about apparent progress she had made to beat her drug addiction.