A burglar who preyed on a woman with Alzeheimer’s disease in her own home has been jailed for three years and four months.
Charles Gavin, who lives on Leighton Street Caravan Park, Preston, got into the woman’s home on Morris Street, Ribbleton, on April 30 this year.
Preston Crown Court heard the 80-year-old victim, who was too poorly to speak to police, was tricked into allowing him in at around 3.30pm.
Prosecuting, Anthony Stanley told the court how concerned neighbours on Morris Street had noticed a man at the property and alerted the victim’s daughter who lives nearby.
She arrived at the house and confronted Gavin while her mother was in the room with him.
The 42-year-old was arrested a short time later and was quizzed by officers.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary in a dwelling.
Today Det Insp Warren Atkinson, of Preston Police, said: “This is a despicable offence, targeting an older, vulnerable person, and we are pleased with the sentence.
“We will do everything we can to ensure this victim and others are kept safe and want to encouraged anybody affected by similar crimes to contact us, or for those who have information about offenders to contact Crimestoppers.”
Gavin was also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge during his sentencing at Preston Crown Court by His Honour Judge Andrew Woolman.