Heroin addict who stole from pensioner in Fearnhead avoids jail

Warrington Guardian: Chester Crown Court Chester Crown Court

A HEROIN addict who befriended a pensioner, and minutes after he gave her food, stole his watch and some money, will not go to prison.

Chester Crown Court heard on Monday how Jennifer Donlan, aged 34, carried out the callous theft.

Philip Clemo, prosecuting, said Donlan, of Northolt Court, Padgate, went to the home of the 75-year-old man in Fearnhead on September 24 last year.

After talking her way in she cooked herself a microwave meal and then snatched £9 in change from a pot in the house, and his gold watch. THe victim, who lives alone, believed she worked at a housing association.

Mr Clemo said: "They started talking and it became obvious the defendant had been drinking.

"She had a small bottle of vodka.

"She stayed for a time and the talked.

"She went out for some cigarettes.

"She came back and made herself a microwave meal and left."

The victim realised the items were missing and reported the theft.

He later picked out Donlan in an identity parade.

She pleaded guilty to theft from a dwelling.

The defendant, who has numerous previous convictions for similar matters, also pleaded guilty to shoplifting after stealing £30 worth of chocolate from Martin's newsagent on Insall Road in December.

That offence breached a suspended sentence of five months imposed at Halton Magistrates in November last year, again for shoplifting.

Jason Smith, defending, said Donlan had been a heroin user since the age of 14, and stole to pay off drug debts. The court heard she would have faced a nine month prison sentence but 20 weeks in custody and on electronic tag, meant only a further short custodial sentence could be imposed.

Judge Nicholas Woodward said a community order to address her drug addiction, which cannot be passed alongside a prison sentence but only instead of, would better serve public justice.

He said: "You want to change the way you are leading your life.

"If I impose a custodial sentence you will come out with no help.

"For that reason I'm going to impose a community order. "I think it is more likely to lead you to stop offending in the future,"

Donlan will be under supervision for two years, and go on a drug rehabilitation programme for 12 months.

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7:58am Thu 27 Mar 14

wirematt says...

another complete waste of space pretty much let off.
another complete waste of space pretty much let off. wirematt
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8:17am Thu 27 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.
Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 19

9:19am Thu 27 Mar 14

dignified lawman says...

what a joke , i hope an elderly family member of te judge gets burgled by a smack head and see how he likes it
what a joke , i hope an elderly family member of te judge gets burgled by a smack head and see how he likes it dignified lawman
  • Score: 17

10:22am Thu 27 Mar 14

old-codger says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.
This woman has always been the same Nick, As long as she keeps getting her wrist smacked she will continue in her evil ways, Prison and drug treatment would be a good start but I,m sure we will be reading more about her in the papers before much longer, Leopards and spots come to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.[/p][/quote]This woman has always been the same Nick, As long as she keeps getting her wrist smacked she will continue in her evil ways, Prison and drug treatment would be a good start but I,m sure we will be reading more about her in the papers before much longer, Leopards and spots come to mind. old-codger
  • Score: 5

11:06am Fri 28 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.
Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.[/p][/quote]Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct. GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Fri 28 Mar 14

old-codger says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.
Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.
I can see the logic GRUMPY and I hope you are right but after 20 years of giving her neighbours a dogs life I cant see it happening, Still, Where there is hope etc etc etc.
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.[/p][/quote]Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.[/p][/quote]I can see the logic GRUMPY and I hope you are right but after 20 years of giving her neighbours a dogs life I cant see it happening, Still, Where there is hope etc etc etc. old-codger
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

old-codger wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.
Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.
I can see the logic GRUMPY and I hope you are right but after 20 years of giving her neighbours a dogs life I cant see it happening, Still, Where there is hope etc etc etc.
Well if you think about it for two years she has to comply with probation. They allow you only 1 missed appointment the 2nd you will be breached and back in front of the Courts. The Judge will then have more powers than he had when sentencing this time. Seems there is method in the Judges madness. He knew what he was doing trust me.
[quote][p][bold]old-codger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.[/p][/quote]Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.[/p][/quote]I can see the logic GRUMPY and I hope you are right but after 20 years of giving her neighbours a dogs life I cant see it happening, Still, Where there is hope etc etc etc.[/p][/quote]Well if you think about it for two years she has to comply with probation. They allow you only 1 missed appointment the 2nd you will be breached and back in front of the Courts. The Judge will then have more powers than he had when sentencing this time. Seems there is method in the Judges madness. He knew what he was doing trust me. GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 0

7:54am Sat 29 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.
Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.
Don't need to re=read the article as I was commenting on the basis of what I think sentencing guidelines should be, not what they are. This includes a presumption that domestic burglary (which this is) should carry a custodial sentence of, at least, six months with far longer sentence if they do so with the knowledge that the premises are occupied, or it would be reasonable to believe the premises may be occupied.
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.[/p][/quote]Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.[/p][/quote]Don't need to re=read the article as I was commenting on the basis of what I think sentencing guidelines should be, not what they are. This includes a presumption that domestic burglary (which this is) should carry a custodial sentence of, at least, six months with far longer sentence if they do so with the knowledge that the premises are occupied, or it would be reasonable to believe the premises may be occupied. Nick Tessla
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2:10pm Tue 1 Apr 14

fedster says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.
Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.
Don't need to re=read the article as I was commenting on the basis of what I think sentencing guidelines should be, not what they are. This includes a presumption that domestic burglary (which this is) should carry a custodial sentence of, at least, six months with far longer sentence if they do so with the knowledge that the premises are occupied, or it would be reasonable to believe the premises may be occupied.
thing is a smackhead goes to prison a few weeks soon as they are out they screw the system
1500 grant when released from prison to refill the new or old flat, so hopefully she will OD on the next batch
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: Burglary by deception, at a residence, should have gone down and received drug treatment while inside.[/p][/quote]Although I agree with you Nick, you need to read the article again. The Judge was correct to give this sentence as she would have only been given around a 7 week custodial sentence. That would not be enough time for the Prison service to address her drug addiction. At least with the sentence given she will have no choice but to attend rehab and probation. I know this will not be a popular comment, but if you stand back and think about it the Judge was correct.[/p][/quote]Don't need to re=read the article as I was commenting on the basis of what I think sentencing guidelines should be, not what they are. This includes a presumption that domestic burglary (which this is) should carry a custodial sentence of, at least, six months with far longer sentence if they do so with the knowledge that the premises are occupied, or it would be reasonable to believe the premises may be occupied.[/p][/quote]thing is a smackhead goes to prison a few weeks soon as they are out they screw the system 1500 grant when released from prison to refill the new or old flat, so hopefully she will OD on the next batch fedster
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