Heroin ad­dict jailed for steal­ing from pen­sioner

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A frail 74-year-old Fife woman was robbed by a fe­male drug ad­dict she had tried to help.

Kari-Anne Brown, 27, of Queens­ferry Road, Rosyth, was jailed for the crime at Dun­fermline Sher­iff Court.

Heroin ad­dict Brown knew the pen­sioner of­ten kept money in her home for a Dun­fermline so­cial club and went there when the vic­tim was out to steal the cash.

Brown ad­mit­ted that be­tween 22 and 23 Novem­ber at an ad­dress in In­verkei­thing, she stole £500.

De­pute fis­cal Dev Kapadia said: “The com­plainer is 74, lives alone and is in poor health. She helps out at the Bri­tish Le­gion Club in the New Row and as a re­sult there can be a lot of money kept in her house.”

Through her grand­daugh­ter the vic­tim met Brown and they be­came friends. On the day of the of­fence Brown had been at the vic­tim’s home. Later, the vic­tim had to go to the club and dropped Brown off but she re­turned to the house. It was only the next morn­ing the pen­sioner no­ticed the money was miss­ing.

Sher­iff Craig McSherry said, “I re­gard this as a very, very se­ri­ous breach of trust. It’s a dis­grace­ful of­fence.” He jailed Brown for 10 months.

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