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‘Mean’ thief stole from Norwich pensioner he had befriended

PUBLISHED: 14:34 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 17 September 2018

Wayne Hambling admitted burglary, theft and fraud and was jailed for 21 months. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Wayne Hambling admitted burglary, theft and fraud and was jailed for 21 months. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

A “mean” thief befriended a Norwich pensioner and then took her bankcards stealing more than £200 from her, a court heard.

Wayne Hambling, 40, got chatting to the pensioner while out walking his dog Beauty, in Aylsham Road, and after being invited in for a coffee he stole her bank cards from her purse when she left him alone in a room, at her home, Norwich Crown Court heard.

He withdrew £150 from her account but it was only later when the victim went to the bank that she realised her cards had been taken.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, that the victim suspected Hambling might have taken her cards and when he returned to her home she refused him entry.

“By this stage she realised he was someone not to be trusted and told him to go away.”

Mr Youell said Hambling went and tried a door at the back of the property and then knocked on her front door and when she opened it, he barged his way in pushing past her and stole her purse, containing £60.

Mr Youell said the 65-year-old victim was vulnerable and in an impact statement she said she thought it was a “mean offence” and felt angry that he had taken advantage of her good nature.

She said she had regarded Hambling as a friend.

Hambling, of Drayton Road, Norwich, admitted burglary, theft and fraud and was jailed for 21 months.

The court heard he had a number of previous convictions including one for robbery in December 2016, when he stole £900 cash from an 83 year-old man in Adelaide Street.

Andrew Oliver, for Hambling, said that he was a heroin addict and had been put under pressure by dealers he owed money to.

“His debt was not written off because he went into custody and they were still demanding money.”

He said Hambling knew custody was inevitable but wanted to come out of custody clean of drugs: “He feels he is capable of it.”

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