Judge brands Market Rasen mum as ‘stupid girl’
A “stupid” young mum with a seven-week-old baby went on a £15,000 Christmas burglary spree with her unemployed boyfriend, a court has heard.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how Charlotte Hall, 21, and James Parker, 24, both of King Street, Market Rasen, targeted dozens of houses in and around Lincoln last December.
Their haul included a sentimental watch, a £1,200 set of pearls, electrical equipment and a 100-year-old bracelet belonging to an elderly couple.
Parker and Hall were caught when police raided their home on December 27 and found many of the stolen items.
Hall has been handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and Parker, previously of Bardney, has been jailed for two years and four months.
Sentencing Judge Sean Morris told Hall: “You richly deserve to go to prison.
“If there is one thing a burglar needs it is somebody to drive him and look perfectly innocent. That is you.”
He added: “It is clear to me you are a stupid girl who fell for a man who got you into crime.
“I don’t mean to be impolite, love blinds may be a better way of putting it.”
Judge Morris told Parker: “This was a campaign of burglary during the Christmas period when there was rich pickings to be had in people’s homes.
“It was the season of goodwill to all, you broke some hearts.”
Hall - who had no previous convictions and had been “persuaded” to drive Parker into the city - admitted five charges of burglary and asked for 21 other offences to be taken into consideration.
The court heard Parker - who had a string of previous convictions for dishonesty and was jailed for four years in 2009 - was responsible for 28 burglaries and attempted break-ins.
He pleaded guilty to five charges of burglary and asked for the other 23 offences to be taken into consideration.
The court heard how one victim, Patricia Thomas, of Granson Way, Washingborough, was left feeling vulnerable in her home of 40 years after Parker’s burglary six days before Christmas on December 19.
Mitigating for Parker Mark Watson said his client accepted being the “driving force” behind the break-ins.
Mitigating for Hall, Sunil Khanna said Hall was only 20 when she met Parker.
He told the court: “She chose to ignore things that were said about him.
“She got pregnant, they got a property together but unfortunately he was made redundant from his job cleaning farm machinery on October 24.
“Their baby was born on October 31.”
Mr Khanna said Hall tried to resist when Parker turned back to crime.
He said: “In her words he wore her down and he persuaded her if she remained in the car and did not go in to the property or on to the land then she had done nothing wrong.
“She accepts she was naive.”
As well as a suspended prison sentence, Hall was ordered to obey a six-month electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am.
She was also placed under the supervision of a probation officer for 18 months.
Speaking after the hearing at Lincoln Crown Court, DC Glen Wright from Lincolnshire Police said: “As the judge said this was a campaign of burglary over the Christmas period.
“I think he was right in that Parker was the driving force as Hall was a young lady with no previous convictions.”
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