Burglar preyed on 81-year-old Leeds pensioner

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A WOMAN terrified an elderly pensioner after forcing her way into her home as she lay in bed, a court heard.

Donna Greechan targeted the home of an 81-year-old woman on June 14 last year at her home in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim awoke in her home on Ingram Gardens, Holbeck, to find Greechan stood over her holding a pair of her gold earrings.

Greechan, 33, then pretended to be a care worker after being challenged by the woman.

The woman had locked and bolted her front door before going to bed but awoke at 8.30am to find Greechan in her bedroom. The victim became frightened and activated an alarm.

Greechan then went into the living room and pretended to make a telephone call, claiming she had gone to the wrong address. Police officers recognised Greechan from CCTV footage covering the property.

She was arrested and claimed to have gone to the property by mistake as she was drunk. She pleaded guilty to burglary.

Greechan has 69 previous convictions. Simon Batiste, mitigating, said Greechan had been in custody since being arrested over the incident.

Despite having a lengthy criminal record it was her first burglary conviction and she had managed to go for ten years without offending.

Mr Batiste said Greechan was anxious to receive help for her drink problem.

Greechan was given a 19-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. She was also made the subject of 12 month supervision, to include her attending a six-month alcohol treatment requirement.

Recorder Mark McKone said: “She must have been terrified. Fortunately there was no confrontation.”