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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Drug dealer who stole cash from vulnerable woman jailed

A drug dealer who stole from a woman with mental health problems has been jailed for five years.

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Lucy Holm

Lucy Holm, 28, who has a string of previous convictions, homed in on the woman because of her problems and posed as a worker for Home Housing.

She and an unknown male accomplice called at the 48-year-old woman’s house, ignored her requests for ID and took thousands of pounds.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Holm, of Nelson Street, Maryport, targeted the woman after she became aware she was waiting for repair work to be done.

Holm distracted the woman while her accomplice went upstairs and stole cash, claimed to be between £1,600 and £2,000. She then stole the woman’s mobile phone.

When police officers rang the mobile phone, Holm answered pretending to be its owner and claimed the phone had just been lost down the side of her sofa – not stolen.

She later admitted having the phone but claimed it was a gift from the victim, for which she was given a one-week concurrent sentence for obstructing a police constable in the course of duty.

Prosecuting Brendan Burke, said: “The ongoing problems the victim was attempting to solve must have been known to Holm and her accomplices. They would have been alive to the fact she was suffering mental health problems and that Home Housing were coming to fix the door.”

Holm was also sentenced for drug offences described as “low level street dealing”.

The court heard they stemmed from an incident last May when officers were called to the John Street area of Workington. They saw Holm discard an item in an alleyway, which turned out to be heroin with a street value of £147.

Her mobile showed messages from people wanting to buy drugs, and police also found scales in her home for weighing drugs. Mr Burke added: “CCTV showed her in contact with a male and a female and it was clear a transaction was taking place.”

Sentencing Holm to two years for burglary and three years for the drugs charges, Recorder Smith said she had shown no remorse. “It was a despicable crime,” he said.

Holm must also pay a £120 victim surcharge.

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