‘Turn your life around or face prison sentence’ Judge tells Market Rasen Mum

Charlotte Hall
Charlotte Hall

A new mum who acted as a getaway driver for her burglar boyfriend has been warned to expect jail if she fails to turn her life around.

Charlotte Hall, 21, was spared jail earlier this year after a judge accepted she was “blinded by love” when she helped her partner, James Parker, 24, carry out a string of Christmas burglaries.

Hall had used her Fiat Punto car for more than 20 raids across Lincolnshire after being recruited by Parker, who was jailed for 28 months, just weeks after giving birth to the couple’s first child.

She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months after Judge Sean Morris described her as a “stupid girl” who had fallen for a seasoned criminal.

But a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court was told Hall broke the terms of the sentence passed in March after failing to obey her night time curfew on three occasions in June and July.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said the probation service believed Hall was only “paying lip service” to the court order.

Hall, who is now living in a hostel, admitted breaking the 24 week curfew on 5 June, 29 July and 30 July.

The court heard Hall’s son is now living with her father although there is regular contact between them.

Joanna Stables, mitigating, told the court Hall was now drug free after seeking help herself to combat her addiction.

Judge Morris sentenced Hall to an extra four weeks on her night time curfew but warned her she could still go to prison if she failed to cooperate with the probation service.

“I gave you a chance because you appeared to be turning your life around,” Judge Morris told Hall.

“I hope you are trying to turn your life around.

“The last thing I want to do is send you to prison, but I will do if I see you again.”

The couple had admitted being responsible for nearly 30 burglaries and attempted break-ins carried out over the Christmas period in 2012.

Among the items stolen by them were a 100-year-old family bracelet and a set of £1,200 pearls bought as a Christmas present.

Other property taken by the couple, who even raided one house on Boxing Day, included a lap-top computer containing sensitive personal information and a watch given to a victim by his mother.

Much of the stolen property was recovered when police raided the couple’s home in King Street, Market Rasen, two days after Christmas.

Their victims included a elderly couple in poor health who were away visiting relatives for Christmas and a woman who now felt unsafe in her home of over four decades.