Rotherham thief ordered to stay drug free or go to jail

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A woman who stole £20 from a pensioner has to remain drug free for the next six months or face prison.

Michaela Mullen, aged 33, was one of a number of women who targeted the 78-year-old man, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

The OAP was told that if he did not let the women into his home they would cause trouble outside.

A neighbour raised the alarm after spotting Mullen outside the pensioner’s house in Ryton Close, Maltby.

The witness said the OAP had ‘looked scared’.

Mullen, who has a record for offences of dishonesty, theft, burglary and shoplifting, with 20 convictions for 45 offences, told police when she was arrested: “It’s a theft, not a burglary.”

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Laura Marshall, prosecuting, said the pensioner had been visited by several females.

“He was intimidated and feared violence although no violence was actually used or threatened,” she added.

Mullen, who has moved from Maltby to Old School Lane, Catcliffe, admitted the theft of £20.

James Gould, defending, said she spent two weeks in custody after her arrest and was bailed with a curfew.

She had become involved with drugs and alcohol but had routinely been tested for drugs recently and gave negative readings.

“She has given herself a self-imposed curfew and left the area where she socialised with people where drugs and alcohol were involved,” he said.

“She has considerable difficulties but is capable of making progress. She’s a in a settled relationship, full time-work with no drug or alcohol issues and in a far better state of health than for a long time.”

Judge Sarah Wright, who deferred sentence for six months, said: “This was an unpleasant offence against a very vulnerable victim.

“The onus will be on you to show you can commit to these changes. The conditions are that you remain drug-free and commit no further offences.”