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‘Confused’ pensioner with Alzheimer’s died after being pushed in bank queue, court hears

‘Confused’ pensioner with Alzheimer’s died after being pushed in bank queue, court hears

Luton Crown Court A “confused” pensioner with Alzheimer’s disease died after she was pushed over in a bank by a 26-year-old who was angry she had held up the queue, a court has heard. Myra Coutinho-Lopez, 82, was a regular customer at Lloyds Bank in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, and was well-known to the staff, but sometimes became confused because of her illness, Luton Crown Court heard. She died on Dec 16 2021, 10 days after she had been pushed to the floor of the bank by Courtney Richman, after the 26-year-old had a “catastrophic loss of temper”, the court heard. Mrs Coutinho-Lopez had gone to the bank on Monday Dec 6, but had forgotten she had already withdrawn money on the previous Friday, prosecutor Martin Mulgrew told the jury. “Mrs Coutinho-Lopez became worried and asked the cashier to show her the balance,” he said. Another member of staff also came over to try to reassure her, he said, and a queue formed. ‘Move out of the way’ The court heard that one customer, …