DRUG addict who burgled a disabled man aged 91 and ordered two television sets and a home cinema system with his stolen bank card has been jailed for 28 months.
Amanda Patefield betrayed the trust of her ill and frail victim to sneak his wallet out of his home and search through his personal documents looking for more things to take, Bradford Crown Court heard on Wednesday.
The Bradford pensioner, who was in a wheelchair after having a leg amputated, and had previously suffered a heart attack, spent the night in hospital with chest pains after discovering that his wallet had been stolen, prosecutor Jayne Beckett said.
The door to his address had been left ajar, his keys were on the floor and a drawer was open.
Patefield, 51, of Avenel Road, Allerton, Bradford, was immediately suspected by her victim. She had visited him that day and he described her as “evil,” Mrs Beckett said.
Her mother helped to care for the pensioner and he had known her all her life.
Patefield used one of the stolen bank cards to place a £2,500 order for two television sets and a home cinema system with online retailer ao.com but it was cancelled by the company because they did not have a billing address.
She was also caught on CCTV trying to withdraw money from a cash machine using one of the pensioner’s stolen Post Office cards. She put in the wrong code and the card was retained.
Mrs Beckett said that Patefield and another woman were on the footage and another person attempted to use one of the cards later.
Patefield pleaded guilty on the day of her trial last month to burglary and two offences of fraud on April 27 last year.
She had previous convictions for possession of drugs, obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, disorderly behaviour and shoplifting.
In his victim personal statement, the pensioner said he was terribly upset by the burglary and felt betrayed by someone he had known for many years.
Christopher Rowe, Patefield’s barrister, said: “She is deeply embarrassed by what she has done.”
She had serious mental and physical health problems and had been using heroin at the time she committed the offences. Now drug free, she was very remorseful and apologised to the complainant.
But the judge, Recorder Thomas Moran, said Patefield exploited her mother’s friendship with the pensioner.
The burglary had left him distressed and feeling sick and betrayed.
He was admitted to hospital with chest pains that same night and he had been caused “horrendous upheaval” by having to cancel all his bank cards.
“Although you have pleaded guilty you don’t have any significant remorse for what has happened,” Recorder Moran said.