Pair with ‘terrible’ record get prison

TWO Scarborough women with criminal records containing 107 offences between them have been jailed.

The pair, who have convictions for assault, shoplifting, public order offences and criminal damage, were told by the judge that the fact they intend to change their ways while in jail was “little comfort” for their many victims over the years in the Scarborough area.

Emma Walker and Nina Smith appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing on a number of offences including wounding, robbery and theft.

Walker, 37, of Columbus Ravine, had previously pleaded guilty to wounding, robbery and theft. Smith, 32, of no fixed abode, appeared for sentencing on two charges of robbery and one of theft.

Jailing the pair for two-and-a-half years each, Judge Scott Wolstenholme told them they had “really terrible records”.

Adding that this had probably been because of their “very miserable” lives and their addictions to both drugs and alcohol, which they are said to be now attempting to address, Judge Wolstenholme said: “That is not much comfort for the residents of Scarborough who have had to put up with years of anti-social behaviour.”

Andrew Stranex, prosecuting, told how on September 10 last year, Walker attacked another woman in the street after problems inside a house in Westbourne Road, Scarborough, boiled over.

The victim, who required stitches inserted into her face and mouth injuries, was injured by glass on the floor after both fell to the ground during their struggle.

The incident was followed by a theft on November 11 last year, when Walker stole £7.98 worth of chicken pieces from a local supermarket.

It was while on bail, and subject to supervision, that Walker joined with Smith in robbing a 76-year-old man in Scarborough town centre.

Walker and Smith, also on bail at the time, persuaded the victim to follow them into an alley and then took his wallet, mobile telephone and address book on the night of July 15 last year.

Mr Stranex told the court that in March last year, Smith robbed a 60-year-old woman of £90 and her late partner’s birth certificate after following her out of a convenience store.

Laura Addy, for Smith, said her client, a mother of one, had been battling her addictions whilst on remand.

Miss Addy said that when sober her client was ashamed of what she does, but in the past had turned back to drink and drugs in order to deal with her guilt.

Mitigating for Walker, Patricia Doherty told the court that her client was also fighting the addictions she had had since 13, and, while on remand, had applied to do an Open University sociology course.