Norwich woman jailed for stealing from dementia sufferer

Driver fined at Norwich Crown Court. Driver fined at Norwich Crown Court.

Friday, February 21, 2014
4:10 PM

A Norwich woman was jailed for eight months for stealing from an 81 year-old pensioner who suffers from dementia

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A Norwich woman, who was said by a judge to prey on the elderly, stole pension cash from a vulnerable 81-year-old pensioner, who suffers from dementia, a court heard.

Sally Harcourt, 37, used the victim’s pension card to withdraw a total of £368 from the Colman Road post office, and was arrested after CCTV showed her making the cash withdrawals using the pensioner’s card, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Richard Paterson, prosecuting, said because the pensioner had dementia he was able to withdraw cash from the post office without having to use a pin number, and Harcourt was seen on two occasions making cash withdrawals for £184 using his card.

Mr Paterson said that Harcourt had a number of previous convictions, including a conviction for a similar offence in November 2012 when she withdrew money from an elderly woman’s bank account using a cashpoint.

Harcourt of Northfields, near Eaton Park, admitted two counts of theft and asked for the theft of a bag of shopping to be taken into consideration.

Jailing her for eight months, Judge Anthony Bate told her she had a “lamentable” record and said she had “preyed on the elderly”

“In this particular case the victim was an 81 year-old dementia sufferer, He was not entirely aware of what was going on and you abused his vulnerability by using his post office pension card.”

He added that the offence had been “mean.”

John Morgans, for Harcourt, said that she had a difficult upbringing and had significant issues with alcohol and Class A drugs.

He said she deserved credit for her plea and said she was now in a relationship with a supportive partner.

“He is helping her stay clean of drugs and deal with her drink problem.”

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