East Lancs drug addict stole from double stroke victim

Blackburn Citizen: Sinead Shaw was told by the judge that she ‘made this man's life a misery from the very first moment you made contact with him’ Sinead Shaw was told by the judge that she ‘made this man's life a misery from the very first moment you made contact with him’

A HEARTLESS crook who targets the elderly and frail has been jailed after rifling through the pockets of a double stroke victim and stealing £20 from him as he lay defenceless on his bed.

Heroin addicted mother-of-three Sinead Shaw, 25, had walked into the 70-year-old victim's home uninvited, knowing he would not be able to stop her thieving and had 'violated' him by putting her hand down his trousers in her search for cash for her next fix last November 12.

Burnley Crown Court heard how the disabled and ill pensioner had suffered two, possibly three strokes, which had affected his mobility.

He struggled to speak, walked with a stick and had carers to help with this daily living such as bathing and cooking and supervise his medication.

The vulnerable man was so lonely he allowed 'undesirables' to use his home for drug taking and drinking sessions, just so he had company. Shaw, who had been one of them, had been banned from his property after an earlier theft.

The hearing was told Shaw, who claimed to the police her victim was a heavy drinker and couldn't be believed, also went on to allege the money was for sexual favours.

She didn't own up until the day she was due to the tried and only then when she knew the man was being brought to court and was determined to go through with his evidence. He would have been assisted by an intermediary.

Shaw has more than 50 offences on her record, had clocked up 20 convictions by the time she was 16 and struck just two months after being given a jail term for stealing from an infirm woman.

She sobbed as she was jailed for four-and-a half years, by Recorder Anthony Cross, QC, who slammed her as totally without compassion and told her: "You worm your way into the life of an elderly person, gain their trust and then abuse that trust."

The defendant, of Buccleuch Road, Nelson, had admitted burglary, committed last November 12. She also received an indefinite restraining order to keep her away from the pensioner.

James Heyworth, defending, read a letter of apology to the court from the defendant, in which she said she had been selfish,was deeply sorry for the hurt she had caused and wanted a fresh start.

Sentencing Recorder Anthony Cross, QC, said: "The only purpose of you visiting his home was to abuse him by stealing from him. I have no doubt that this caused him incredible distress.

"You have made this man's life a misery from the very first moment you made contact with him until the present moment and you show no compassion for him or remorse "

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9:56am Fri 11 Apr 14

alf-abett says...

****!
****! alf-abett
  • Score: 6

9:58am Fri 11 Apr 14

alf-abett says...

My earlier comment was not printed in it's entirety, why! it simply referenced her to a female dog.
My earlier comment was not printed in it's entirety, why! it simply referenced her to a female dog. alf-abett
  • Score: -6

9:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

Bluelizzy says...

Her being in jail will give her kids a fresh start.
Her being in jail will give her kids a fresh start. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 13

10:09am Fri 11 Apr 14

GracesDad says...

Dirty sket!
Dirty sket! GracesDad
  • Score: 5

10:13am Fri 11 Apr 14

camel says...

What a shame I can't get my hands on this bag of Scum,
What a shame I can't get my hands on this bag of Scum, camel
  • Score: 7

1:11pm Fri 11 Apr 14

cathedral citi says...

Wow! A judge that has actually handed down a realistic sentence.......as for the oxygen thief, there's no realistic chance of her being rehabilitated.......
she is a turd, and a turd can never be polished.
Wow! A judge that has actually handed down a realistic sentence.......as for the oxygen thief, there's no realistic chance of her being rehabilitated....... she is a turd, and a turd can never be polished. cathedral citi
  • Score: 7

3:19pm Fri 11 Apr 14

andy1 says...

Poor excuse for a human being and selfish to still be using s**t when she has kids. Sentence should of been 10 and meant 10 minimum.
Poor excuse for a human being and selfish to still be using s**t when she has kids. Sentence should of been 10 and meant 10 minimum. andy1
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Fri 11 Apr 14

mavrick says...

Less said about this type of scum the better.
Less said about this type of scum the better. mavrick
  • Score: 4

5:58pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

The vulnerable man was so lonely he allowed 'undesirables' to use his home for drug taking and drinking sessions, just so he had company.
How sad, I'm wondering how many more vulnerable old people have or will end up like this :(
The vulnerable man was so lonely he allowed 'undesirables' to use his home for drug taking and drinking sessions, just so he had company. How sad, I'm wondering how many more vulnerable old people have or will end up like this :( Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 7

10:32pm Sat 12 Apr 14

zabby says...

I make no excuses for this vermin,the cause of all this offending is drugs,and as long as society pussyfooting around with death dealers we will never stop this sort of behavior,kill heroin dealers strip all their immediate families assets ,I know the left wing loonies out there won't agree with my views but it's surely worth a try ,as current laws for death dealers who turn people to this kind of behavior simply don't work,,,trust me death would be a deter rant for most would be death dealers
I make no excuses for this vermin,the cause of all this offending is drugs,and as long as society pussyfooting around with death dealers we will never stop this sort of behavior,kill heroin dealers strip all their immediate families assets ,I know the left wing loonies out there won't agree with my views but it's surely worth a try ,as current laws for death dealers who turn people to this kind of behavior simply don't work,,,trust me death would be a deter rant for most would be death dealers zabby
  • Score: 0

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