Drug addict with £500-a-day habit stole from amputee

Amy Dyer, 32, of Lanthwaite Road, Clifton, had know the victim for 16 years

Amy Dyer, 32, of Lanthwaite Road, Clifton, had know the victim for 16 years

A drug addict with a £500-a-day habit stole from a virtually housebound amputee, a court heard.

Amy Dyer, 32, of Lanthwaite Road, Clifton, had known the victim for 16 years. But that did not stop her from pestering him to fund her habit.

In May she repeatedly demanded money, Nottingham Crown Court heard. He gave in to her requests before summoning the courage to say, “no more money”.

Dyer left but returned at 10pm when the victim, who relies on an oxygen supply for 16 hours a day, was still at home.

Dyer systematically searched the man’s Ruddington property and stole items, including a mobile and Samsung Galaxy tablet.

“The victim was friend’s with this defendant’s mother,” said Samuel Skinner, prosecuting. “He was virtually housebound. He is described as feeling generally tired and weak”.

The man had tried to help Dyer and her boyfriend “sort out their lives”, said Mr Skinner, and had lent them about £5,000.

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“His efforts and good will were not rewarded,” he explained. “This defendant harassed him every day by coming to his home and asking for more money.

“He was scared to say ‘no’ because the defendant was aggressive. She shouted at him.”

When she stole from him, Dyer got in through a bedroom window and left muddy footprints on his bed.

“She returned to his home some days later and apologised,” said Mr Skinner. “She gave him back the Samsung tablet and said she took it because he refused to give her any more money”.

After her arrest, the elderly victim said in a statement his depression had “got worse”.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC gave her an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for the theft.

He ordered she receive drug rehabilitation for nine months and attend 25 rehabilitation activity days.

Dyer, appearing tearful in the dock, was slapped with a five-year restraining order to stay away from the victim.

Judge Rafferty said it was a despicable offence.

“A man who for years has tried to show you kindness and you made his life a misery,” he said of the offence.

“Why? So you take his money and convert it into drugs. Not because you need to forget. But because you are a drug addict; £500-a-day on heroin and cocaine. That’s not trying to forget. That is going somewhere else”.

Before she left the dock he said: “I hope you are thoroughly ashamed of yourself. You should be. Now go”.

Mitigating, solicitor Claire Moran said Dyer had pleaded guilty.

Dyer had “gone into a spiral over the last couple of years” – but for the majority of her life she did not have an addiction to Class A drugs.

Source: http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/drug-addict-500-day-habit-357773

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