CUSHTY, EAS­ILY DONE

What this crim told judge who jailed her af­ter ‘sec­ond chances’

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A WOMAN fi­nally sent to jail af­ter a stag­ger­ing 207 con­vic­tions shouted to the judge: “Cushty, eas­ily done.”

Drug ad­dict Caro­line Pattinson, 34, lit­er­ally has a rap sheet as long as her arm.

She was jailed this week for steal­ing from a pen­sioner but the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice con­firmed that she had 207 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

They in­clude three for “of­fences against the per­son”, four of of­fences on prop­erty, 26 fraud and sim­i­lar de­cep­tion of­fences, 108 theft and dis­hon­esty crimes, five public or­der of­fences, 42 of­fences con­cern­ing po­lice – such as re­sist­ing ar­rest or as­saults on po­lice of­fi­cers – two drug of­fences and 17 mis­cel­la­neous non­record­able of­fences.

This week she was at last jailed for twoand-a-half years af­ter ad­mit­ting con­ning her way into 72-year-old Lil­ian Wilde’s tower block home by pre­tend­ing she was vis­it­ing an aunt on De­cem­ber 19 last year.

Slipped

She told the pen­sioner she was feel­ing dizzy af­ter a bout of pneu­mo­nia and was in­vited in for a cof­fee.

But once the OAP’S back was turned, the se­rial crim­i­nal took ad­van­tage.

She slipped into the lounge to pocket Mrs Wilde’s purse which con­tained £40 and a Mor­risons shop­ping voucher.

Pros­e­cu­tor Melinda Black­burn told New­cas­tle Crown Court: “Mrs Wilde pre­pared a vic­tim state­ment in which she says as a (right) branded her de­spi­ca­ble and said: “This was planned with some de­gree of cun­ning.

Drink

“There must be a sig­nif­i­cant sen­tence to send a mes­sage that the el­derly will be pro­tected when they are at home and pro­tected from peo­ple like you who seem to be with­out morals.”

Pattinson (above), from El­swick, New­cas­tle, who turned to drink af­ter com­ing off drug sub­sti­tutes, al­ready had a con­vic­tion for steal­ing a pen­sioner’s hand­bag in a Marks & Spencer store.

She tried to set up an al­ibi to dodge jus­tice for tar­get­ing Mrs Wilde but was picked out dur­ing an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­rade, the court heard.

Mean

Richard Copsey, for Pattinson, claimed she had been ill at the time.

De­spite that, she took ad­van­tage once she was in­side the flat and he added: “She ac­cepts that she has com­mit­ted a mean of­fence.”

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