Wakefield conwoman who stole from OAP’s jailed

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A CONWOMAN who targeted vulnerable elderly victims in their own homes by posing as a social worker has been jailed.

Mary Lorriman was sentenced to two years and three months yesterday after pleading guilty to three offences of burglary in Normanton, near Wakefield.

Leeds Crown court heard Lorriman, 54, has criminal record for targeting the elderly dating back to 1968. A judge told her: “It’s very tempting to throw the key away.”

Lorriman, who has 45 previous offences and has served lengthy prison sentences in the past, was also given an anti social behaviour order banning her from approaching elderly people in Wakefield in the future. She is also banned from carrying bank cards not in her own name.

Sabrina Hartshorn, prosecuting, said Lorriman walked into the home of one victim as she slept in the front room of her home on June 10 last year.

She told the pensioner that she was training to be a warden and offered to make her a cup of tea. Lorriman left empty-handed shortly after when the woman’s daughter arrived at the house and recognised her.

On October 20 she went to the home of an 81-year-old woman on Hopetown Walk and told her she had come to take her blood.

She was allowed into the property but the pensioner became suspicious and asked her to write down her name.

Lorriman left a false name before leaving. Around 20 minutes later she went to the home of a 91-year-old woman who believed she was from social services and allowed her in. Lorriman offered to make her a cup of tea but left moments later, claiming she needed to check on her car.

The victim later discovered her purse, containing £15, was missing. Lorriman, of Hawthorn Mount, Normanton, was arrested and later identified by the pensioner.

Francis Dunning, for Lorriman, said she had an “unenviable” criminal record but asked that she be given credit for her guilty pleas.