A Hull woman has been jailed after stealing from a pensioner with Alzheimer’s, and another with mental-health problems.
Lara St Phorose, 48, of Louis Street, west Hull, stole a mobile phone, a laptop and an iPod from the two victims.
York Crown Court heard her “wicked” crimes had such an effect on the two elderly gentlemen that one had been plunged into depression, and the other had to leave his home.
St Phorose, who knew both victims, targeted one – a 72-year-old man who had previously rescued her while she was being attacked – after knocking on the door of his home in Alexander Street, west Hull.
Andrew Semple, prosecuting, said that she “cruelly” took his possessions, including a mobile phone and a laptop.
The crimes took place in June and September 2017.
Armed with a knife, St Phorose and a male accomplice went to the second victim’s shared house in Princes Road, off Princes Avenue, punched him twice and stole his iPod.
Mr Semple said the iPod was finally recovered, but the victim had been left traumatised and depressed. He had since “lost all independence” and had to be visited daily by family and social services.
St Phorose, who had previously been jailed in 2016 for punching a childminder in the face, appeared for sentencing via video link on Monday after being convicted of theft.
Jailing her for 15 months, Judge Simon Hickey said she had “clearly been keeping an eye on the two vulnerable men” which showed “targeting.”
In addition to the jail sentence, Mr Hickey made a restraining order which bans her from contacting the victims.
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