Charity shop terror pensioner jailed

Jeanne Wilding. PIC: Ross Parry

Jeanne Wilding. PIC: Ross Parry

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An OAP who terrorised staff at charity shops was described by a judge as a “deeply disturbed woman” as she was jailed for breaching her antisocial behaviour order.

A court heard Jeanne Wilding, 64, had left victims psychologically damaged by her latest intimidating outbursts as she was jailed for 15 months yesterday.

Wilding, of Millwright Street, Mabgate, Leeds, was found guilty of six out of seven charges of breaching her antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) after a trial last month.

The ASBO prevented the pensioner from entering the premises of Emmaus and St Vincent’s shops in Leeds and causing “harassment, alarm or distress”.

The prosecution said Wilding had targeted the charity shops in a concerted campaign of harassment.

Jailing Wilding, judge Paula Tyler said: “You are a deeply disturbed woman. You are capable of destroying or reducing people’s way of life.

“You are highly manipulative with the way you reduce their quality of life and reduce others to a state of virtual desperation.

“I have no doubt that your past behaviour has caused real suffering and you have the capability of causing people suffering and causing real injury to their psychological health.

Wilding told the judge she was “happy” to be sent to prison and would sooner face custody than receive a community punishment.

After the sentence was imposed she said: “This is justice in error and I have good grounds for appeal.”

The pensioner was also made the subject of another ASBO which includes a ban on entering the St Vincent or Emmaus shops referred to in the case for the next five years.

During the hearing Wilding referred to the ASBO as “a vindictive person’s charter”.

As prosecutor Chloe Fairley made the application for the new ASBO, Wilding said: “Do your worst. I am tired. I just want to go to prison. I am tired of all the injustice here.”

One witness who gave evidence at the trial, Emmaus general manager Alison Ward, described Wilding’s behaviour at the St Mary’s Street shop as “vile”.

Ms Ward told the jury how she felt intimidated during the confrontation. During one disturbance police were called to the premises and Wilding was led away in handcuffs.

Wilding also entered the St Vincent’s store and caused alarm to staff, and was later arrested.

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