Purse thief targeted pensioner in her Preston home

Kelly Littlechild
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A woman who demanded money and stole a handbag from a pensioner in her own home has been jailed.

Kelly Littlechild, 34, of Church Court, Deepdale, pleaded guilty to theft after visiting the woman at her home in Floyer Street, Preston, and demanding cash.

Littlechild was originally charged with robbery but the charge was dropped in favour of a lesser offence of theft.

However Judge Stuart Baker, sentencing, said there were aspects of the original charge which were preferable.

The court heard Littlechild, who has long standing drug and alcohol problems, went to the woman’s house and begged her to give her some money.

The woman handed over £5 but when Littlechild said it was not enough, increased her offer to £10 and asked her to leave.

Littlechild refused to leave the house and snatched the woman’s handbag and purse from the chair.

Judge Baker said; “This was a theft that did involve some degree of physical confrontation.

“She called the police and was heard screaming and crying.

“The police came and her money and purse were found in your back pocket.

“This was a serious and nasty offence of theft. You are not, by any stretch of the imagination, a first time offender.

“You have many previous convictions including personal violence, dishonesty and stealing.”

The court heard Littlechild had suffered two bereavements in the year before she committed the theft and had dealt with her grief by taking drugs.

Judge Baker jailed her for 58 weeks and made a restraining order banning her from within 50m of her victim’s home.