Two teenage cowards, who killed an 85 year-old pensioner they mugged as she returned to her west London home from local shops, have been locked-up.
Jiervon Bartlett, 15, (pic.bottom l.) and Nayed Hoque, 15, (pic.bottom r.) left Paula Castle (pic.top) with horrific facial injuries after pushing her violently to the ground.
Widow Mrs Castle, who had a heart condition and was partially-sighted, died in hospital the next day.
It is not known whether there was also a racial motive to the vicious robbery.
Despite leaving the pensioner dying the duo mugged another elderly lady the next day, snatching the 75 year-old's shopping bag.
They used the victims' bank cards to buy fast-food trainers and pay for mobile phone top-ups.
They both pleaded guilty to Mrs Castle's manslaughter and robbing her in Oldfield Lane South, Greenford on November 19, last year and robbing the scond victim in Napton Close, Hayes on November 20.
They each received six years detention.
Bartlett's DNA was found on Mrs Castle's stolen handbag.
Her stolen bank card was used to to buy trainers and takeaway food in Barlett's name.
The bank card stolen in the second robbery was used to make mobile phone top-ups on Hoque's phone.
Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor, from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "These teenage boys attacked two elderly, vulnerable women for financial gain before spending the proceeds from their crime on trainers and takeaway food.
"Paula Castles's subsequent death has had a devastating impact on her family and loved ones and I would like to pay tribute to the family for their courage during this deeply distressing time."
Paula Castle's daughter-in-law, Jane Castle said: "It is always sad to lose a loved one, but to lose one in such a horrific way such as our family did makes it so much more difficult to bear.
“Paula had coped in the last few years with the sudden death of her husband and her only child, Brian at the age of 51 years.
“She had also suffered a stroke.
"Paula overcame her stroke remarkably well despite her age; she was registered blind, and frail, despite all of this she was very independent and managed her house, garden, and shopping which we all thought was brave and admirable.
"It was of course coming back from shopping that she was callously attacked.
“We can only imagine how terrified she must have felt, and this does distress the family a great deal.
"With all that Paula had been through and survived in her life, the fact that she died in such appalling circumstances fills the family with great sadness, all of our memories of Paula, now and always will be overshadowed by her tragic death.
"I have still not come to terms with what has happened.
"Paula's late son had three children Edward, David and Charles and Paula was the last remaining link to their father.
“The boys have found it incredibly difficult to cope with the loss of their grandmother, who was taken so suddenly and brutally.
"They still mourn the loss of their grandmother. I am also finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened. I no longer travel past the scene as it is too painful.
"We were all very close to Paula, and I would speak to Paula on a daily basis and the boys would see their grandmother most weeks.
"Christmas 2012 was especially difficult as Paula was due to enjoy a family Christmas with her grandsons whom she doted upon, and they upon her.
“With Paula being taken so suddenly no one had a chance to prepare themselves for her death, and as a result Christmas was a very solemn and sad occasion for all. We all miss Paula very much."