A SHERBORNE woman helped herself to an elderly woman’s pension book after tricking her way into her home and then cashed it at the post office to feed her heroin addiction.
Cara Jade Churchill, who knew the victim, went to her home claiming she had been assaulted by her boyfriend and asked to use her telephone.
She became involved in a tussle with the woman when she tried to take her bag, but the incident was not reported to the police.
When the victim went to cash her pension the next morning she discovered her post office card was missing and her account had been emptied of the money.
Churchill, 25, of Hound Street, pleaded guilty to stealing a post office bank card belonging to Sheila Moreton at Yeovil on January 27 when she appeared before South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates.
She also admitted stealing £151.64 belonging to the same victim and being in breach of a conditional discharge imposed in July last year for possession of a drug.
Prosecutor Emma Chetland said that Churchill’s mother was the victim’s hairdresser and she visited her on occasion with the victim believing she was inquiring about her welfare.
On the day in question the defendant went to the victim’s home and said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend and was reluctantly let inside.
“Churchill asked to use her telephone to get some help and also asked for a cup of tea but the victim then saw her going into a cupboard and taking her handbag so confronted her,” she said.
“There was a tussle and she managed to get Churchill out of her house but did not report it to the police because she believed she had not lost anything.”
The next day Mrs Moreton went to the post office and found her card was missing.
Miss Chetland added: “When her account was checked it had been emptied of her pension of £151.64 leaving her in shock and when CCTV was viewed it showed Churchill entering the store shortly before and a payment for the full amount of pension was made.”
When Churchill was arrested and interviewed by police she denied the offence but later accepted responsibility saying she had a heroin habit.
Defending solicitor Helena Suffield said that Churchill had a very serious drug problem and she was aware of how serious these offences were.
“This has caused her to do something which she never imagined in her wildest dreams she would do and bitterly regrets what she has done,” she said.
The magistrates adjourned the case until March 15 for a pre sentence report to be prepared and until then Churchill was bailed with conditions that she must not contact Sheila Moreton and must not go to Magna Close in Yeovil.