‘Evil’ woman stole purse from Leeds pensioner

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An ‘evil’ woman who tricked her way into the home of a vulnerable elderly pensioner before stealing her purse has been jailed.

Lisa Gosney’s actions were described as “evil” as she was given a sentence of two years and three months for targeting the 87-year-old woman at her home in the West Park area of Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Gosney knocked on the door of the elderly woman’s home on March 3 this year and asked if she could use her telephone.

Gosney then went into the property and picked up the handset but did not speak into it.

Philip Adams, prosecuting, said Gosney, 25, then went into the living room and asked the victim if she could have a cup of tea.

She then began picking up items, including framed pictures which were above the fireplace.

Mr Adams said the elderly woman started to become concerned and asked Gosney to leave.

Gosney left but the woman soon realised her purse had been taken from her handbag. The court heard the purse contained £120 in cash, family photographs, cards and a bus pass which have not been recovered.

Police were called and forensic officers linked Gosney to the offence after finding her fingerprints, including one left on a picture frame.

She pleaded guilty to burglary. The court heard Gosney, of Iveson Drive, Ireland Wood, has previous convictions for dishonesty offences.

Jane Dodson, mitigating, said Goseny’s offending was linked to drug abuse. Shortly after being arrested she tested positive for cocaine.

Ms Dodson said there was nothing to suggest her client had deliberately targeted the address.

The lawyer added: “She is remorseful and she accepts that what she has done is terrible.”

The court heard Gosney had been receiving help to address her drug addiction and offending behaviour since her arrest.

Jailing Gosney, Recorder Jeremy Barnett said: “This was an evil offence because you targeted an 87-year-old complainant.

“This was a particularly nasty offence because you abused her trust and it must be right that she is now fearful of letting anyone into her house.”


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