A BURGLAR has been jailed for five after kicking her way into the home of an old age pensioner while he struggled desperately to hide from her.
Drug user Louise Scott, 32, had twice taken cash from the 82-year-old man’s wallet and later broke in to his Hatton home when she thought he was out, Derby Crown Court heard.
She booted in two doors and was surprised to find the pensioner inside the house and trying to hide from her.
Scott, of Miry Lane, Hatton, had been found guilty of two thefts and one burglary in June.
Judge John Burgess said: “This was a vulnerable 82-year-old man in his home and she had stolen from him twice before.”
At the time, the pensioner had been able to live independently but had suffered a stroke since the burglary and now needed support.
Although she could not be blamed for the medical problem, the pensioner said: “The stress can’t have helped.”
He told police the crimes had changed him from a ‘very trusting person who never believed people might do wrong’.
The judge told Scott: “You helped yourself from his wallet obviously confident he was not going to resist and would not be able to put up any kind of fight.
“Then you kicked your way in through two doors and I accept you were surprised to find him there. He was trying to hide from you.
“You helped yourself and he was intimidated. This falls into the most serious category of house burglary.”
Michelle Clarke, defending, said Scott had been living with her parents and had a job. But she moved out after an argument with her father.
“She began to go off the rails and has been in a really bad cycle of alcohol and drugs and a probably unhealthy relationship,” said Miss Clarke.
But she was now in a ‘much more positive frame of mind and would use her time in custody constructively’, added Miss Clarke.
Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, told the court: “This was a targeted victim in a rural isolated location.”
Caravan dweller Scott had denied the charges and forced the pensioner to attend court and give evidence.