A thief who stole a pockets off a disabled man she was pretending to assist has been spared jail.
Mum-of-one Lex Smith supplied to assist her sufferer, who had cerebral palsy, get his wheelchair by way of the door of Patricroft Conservative Membership in Eccles, Manchester, earlier than working off together with his possessions.
As she assisted him on August 31 this yr, she grabbed his bag from round his neck, stealing his pockets and a packet of cigarettes from inside it.
A courtroom heard right here was a wrestle between the 2 events that lasted a ‘few seconds’ earlier than Smith managed to run off, leaving the sufferer, 51, ‘shaken and appalled’.
In a sufferer impression assertion learn to Manchester Crown Court docket, he stated ‘nothing like this’ had ever occurred to him earlier than and he believed she was genuinely making an attempt to assist.
He stated: ‘I’m shocked and appalled by the cheek and lack of respect this girl confirmed.
‘I thought she wanted to help me but at the time she just wanted to rob me.’
Manchester Crown Court docket heard Smith, who has 10 earlier convictions for 26 offences, accepted that this was a ‘serious offence’.
She stated she initially deliberate to assist the ‘vulnerable’ man however determined to commit the offence within the ‘spur of the moment’.
Defending, David James informed the courtroom that Smith had not had a conviction for 15 years.
He stated: ‘She has a 13-year-old son who has autism who wants specialist care. He’s now not dwelling together with her.
‘She has struggled with drug addiction throughout her life and lost her home several years ago, this made her to turn back to drugs.’
Decide David Hernandez agreed to droop the sentence to offer her the prospect to ‘address her addiction’.
She was handed a 16-month sentence, suspended for 18-months after pleading responsible to theft.
She will even be topic of a six month curfew, and need to undertake a 12-month drug rehabilitation programme and 20 rehabilitation exercise requirement days.
Sentencing, the choose informed Smith: ‘That is your alternative to attempt to put your life again in some sense of order.
‘If you don’t take this chance then one can find your self again her and serving an extended sentence.’