29/03/2017

Woman Brought to Justice after Preying on Elderly Victims

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In July 2015, PC Lorene Haworth was asked to visit a man who was being harassed by a female. The man was vulnerable, living alone and was reluctant to engage with officers.

PC Haworth immediately recognised the man’s vulnerable situation and spent hours gaining his trust and supporting him.

Eventually the victim disclosed the full history of the harassment he had been subjected to. The woman had been demanding money from the victim and threatening to tell police he had committed serious offences against her if he didn’t give her cash.
As a result of enquiries, statements were also taken from a number of other victims who had also experienced the same demands and harassment from the woman.

PC Haworth arrested and interviewed the woman, and following the submission of a very complex case file to the Crown Prosecution Service, she later charged the woman with blackmail and six charges of stalking.

In May 2016, the woman pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court and two months later she was sentenced to a two year sentence, suspended for two years. PC Haworth immediately liaised with the CPS and sought to appeal this sentence. In September 2016 the Court of Appeal increased the sentence to five years imprisonment. 

As a result of PC Haworth’s dedication, a woman who was targeting vulnerable elderly men, over many years, has been prosecuted and has been sentenced accordingly. Most importantly, the victim has stated that he no longer lives in fear.

Lorene was awarded a Chief Constable’s commendation.