Woman drug user jailed for three years after twice targeting vulnerable pensioner (From The Northern Echo)
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Woman drug user jailed for three years after twice targeting vulnerable Darlington pensioner
A WOMAN tricked her way into a pensioner’s home by pretending she was from social services and stole her savings - returning a month later to try the same scam, a court heard.
The pensioner, who lives in Darlington, was forced to temporarily move into a care home, from the home where she had lived for 77 years.
The 82-year-old was left feeling vulnerable and afraid after twice being targeted by 50-year-old drug user Ann Marie Varey, Teesside Crown Court heard today (Monday, August 19).
During a snow storm in February this year, Varey called at the lady's house and told her she was from social services’ care for the elderly department.
Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, said the pensioner invited her in to shelter from the snow and offered her a cup of tea before Varey convinced her to check that her money was safe.
She followed her upstairs and watched to see where her victim kept her cash before stealing £295 and two bank books once her back was turned.
In March, Varey returned and barged past the pensioner when she was refused entry and went upstairs.
Despite being afraid and breathless, Varey, of Brunton Street, Darlington, fled empty-handed after her victim dialled 999.
Mr Hadfield, prosecuting, said: “The pensioner had to go into a nursing home afterwards, for security.
“The crime has saddened her and she feels as if she cannot trust anyone. She questions everyone she speaks to and thinks that the crime has affected her faith in human nature.”
She has now returned to her home.
Varey – who has a long history of offending – was arrested in April and later pleaded guilty two counts of burglary.
Robert Mochrie, mitigating, said: “These are serious and particularly nasty burglaries. The only way she can convey remorse in this case is for me not to make stupid excuses on her part.
“She knows it was mean and targeted.”
Sentencing Varey to three years in prison, Judge Peter Armstrong said that the pensioner "felt humiliated at having been conned by you. This was a despicable offence.”