Mother spared jail after theft from pensioner
A WOMAN who conned her way into the home of an elderly man and stole from him has escaped a jail sentence.
Rachel Carpenter had previously been jailed for three years for a similar offence and for blackmail.
In the latest case, a judge branded the 38-year-old mother “thoroughly dishonest” but imposed a suspended prison sentence with requirements in an attempt to steer her away from crime.
Maidstone Crown Court heard that victim Peter Philpott was at home in Mersham on July 18, last year, when there was a tap on the door and Carpenter appeared in his dining room.
Trevor Wright, prosecuting, said that Carpenter asked for directions to Shadoxhurst and also wanted a glass of water. Mr Philpott, 81, instead made her a cup of tea.
Carpenter asked him how much money he had and if she could borrow £500. When he refused, she asked for £100.
She then offered him “services” in return for payment, the court heard. She suggested a massage. He laughed and declined.
While Mr Philpott was in the bedroom, Carpenter left with two pairs of trousers from the dining room. In one pair was his wallet and keys to his garage and car.
Mr Wright said that Carpenter, of Reachfields, Hythe, left behind a note, giving her name as Lucy and saying that she was available to carry out jobs for him.
On August 7, Carpenter returned to the house and told Mr Philpott that she wanted to apologise for taking his trousers. She wanted to go in but the victim refused.
“Once again, she offered him services,” said the prosecutor. “She said she gave massages and so on. He declined.”
Mr Wright said that Carpenter’s DNA was obtained from the cup from which she drank the tea.
Carpenter, he said, was liable to serve almost a year remaining from the three-year sentence imposed in April 2004.
Edward Risso-Gill, defending, said that Carpenter had been a cleaning supervisor for a pharmaceutical company. She was living beyond her means and lost her job, he said.
The mother of a teenage boy, she had been diagnosed with depression.
“Plainly, this is not a dangerous woman,” said Mr Risso-Gill.