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Barrow niece who stole from aunt gets 36-week prison term

A YOUNG woman who burgled her aunt’s flat and pawned items she stole has been jailed for 36 weeks.

Ami Welch was described as feeling “ashamed and disgusted” with herself over what she did.

And a judge dealing with her at Lancaster Crown Court described the case as “sad and somewhat depressing”. The 20-year-old, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary and also failing to answer bail. She asked for two other offences to be taken into consideration, involving her using a stolen bank card.

At the time of the burglary last November, Welch and her aunt had both lived in flats in Storey Square, Barrow.

Mr David Clarke, prosecuting, said the aunt came home one afternoon to find that a PlayStation console had gone from near the sofa. A game and charger were also missing.

Then in early December, the woman was at home when her phone rang. When she answered, there was silence.

Immediately after that she could hear steps running upstairs and Welch’s door close. Ten minutes later the aunt was still in her flat when she caught her niece trying to force the door of her flat.

When arrested and interviewed Welch admitted what she had done. She said she had been short of cash and the few items she stole were used to get £25 from a secondhand goods dealer.

She also accepted having stolen a bank card and using that to obtain £60 cash.

Miss Janet Ironfield, defending, said Welch had been going through a “difficult period” of emotional turmoil at the time. There had been a developing rift between her and close family members who suspected her of stealing from her gran.

Miss Ironfield told the court: “This was not the happy family life she had hoped for.

“She is extremely ashamed of herself and disgusted at her actions. She is remorseful for what she has done.

“She was at a very low ebb when the offences occurred. It never occurred to her that by choosing to steal from her family she was likely to be further ostracised.’’

Judge Stuart Baker gave Welch 35 weeks’ jail, plus one week on top for the bail offence. He said there was no other sentencing option open to the court but immediate prison.

Have your say

I have just had a letter this morning off my 'darling' niece. Apparently she wants a solicitor involved if I don't send her a picture of her daughter. Charming, reckons she has wrote to me before (she hasn't, she wrote to her ex's dad) and has said sorry and i've had my childs items returned. All of which are untrue. It's a cheek, I can't believe the gall of the woman to want me to sort out her picture and pay to send it!!! And she is only serving under half her sentence.

Posted by astell kirk on 25 February 2013 at 13:36

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