Preston aunties' fear as drug addict niece tries to steal from them

A drug addled woman who tried to steal from her only two remaining relatives has been jailed for 55 weeks.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 3:45 pm

Donna Gray, of Shakespeare Road, Preston, burst into the home of a male friend of her aunties, where the women both were, and stole his car keys, before trying to snatch her aunt’s handbag.

Mercedeh Jabbari, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said Gray then assaulted her other aunt.

Gray, who appeared by video link from HMP Styal, admitted theft, attempted theft and assault.

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In a victim impact statement, one of her aunts said she had been left “physically shaking” and added: “I can’t settle in my own home and I’m considering moving as I cannot relax in my own home.

“Donna will hound and hound me. She continually made threats towards me and I have no doubt she’ll carry them out.”

Kimberley Obrusik, defending, said Gray accepted the five year restraining order imposed by the court “with sorrow”.

Sentencing, Judge Heather Lloyd said: “These three people who are your victims were your only family. They had to put up with you and your aggressive, intimidating behaviour from when you barged in uninvited, for 30 minutes.

“You knew you were not welcome. Your behaviour was aggressive and frightening to each of these people.

“You knew they were vulnerable but it did not stop you - they were an easy target.

“They have been significantly adversely affected.”

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