The man overpowered the young girl to walk away calmly with her phone.
Metro reported that Patrik Gunar cried in court as he was jailed for a crime he committed on February 18, 2018.
22-year-old Patrik Gunar did not think that he would be punished for stealing a phone. He caused public outrage after a footage of his daylight attack on a schoolgirl was shared by police.
Gunar, a Slovakian national, is seen walking down the street before suddenly turning back and grabbing the youngster on Cambridge Street, Derby.
The 12-year-old victim gave a tough fight but was soon overpowered by him even as he wrestles her to the ground before walking away with her iPhone 6s.
The girl was returning from local shops to get groceries for her mother when she was attacked at 4:40 pm.
The perpetrator wept in the dock. He pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for three years at Derby Crown Court.
Gunar had told police officers in interview that his victim had been “easy prey” because she was “just a little girl.”
Authorities arrested him after the video was shared widely online. Even celebrities such as Piers Morgan, Gavy Roslin, Nick Knowles, and Michael Vaughan shared the video.
The girl received words of support and offers to help, including free self-defense classes and nearly $3,000 through a crowdfunding page.
She thanked the members of the public for all the support through a bad phase. She said it was heart-warming to see comments from many people and that the words meant a lot to her and her family. She added that public reaction raised her self-confidence after feeling low following the incident.
She also thanked the police for their swift action in apprehending the criminal and for being supportive throughout.
She said she could do more than replacing her phone and her clothes from the money the people have donated.
The mother of the young girl also thanked the people for their support and for reacting to the police’s plea for help.
She also revealed that her daughter was shaken by the incident but also been doing great now only due to the amazing support and generosity of the people.