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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Woman raided her husband’s house in Barrow after marriage hit rocks

A WOMAN raided her estranged husband’s home after he refused to bow to her demands for a cash settlement.

Roseann Mallinson even tried to line up buyers for some of the stolen haul before carrying out her crime, Preston Crown Court heard yesterday.

Mallinson, 49, stole items from the house in Earle Street, Barrow, worth a total of £5,000, including a wallet and bank cards, when she raided the house on February 24, the court heard.

Mr Charles Brown, prosecuting, said Neil Mallinson had moved into his own house in 2012 and over time his wife accepted their marriage would end in divorce.

Mr Mallinson had looked after his wife’s dogs while she was away and he had given her a set of keys to his address which were returned after she collected the pets.

The day before the burglary, Mallinson arranged to go to her husband’s house to discuss their divorce.

But when the discussion turned sour, Mallinson demanded a financial settlement. Her husband later sent a number of text messages indicating he had no money but Mallinson told him to find the cash.

The following day, when Mr Mallinson came home from work, he noticed muddy footprints in the hallway.

The prosecution said a large amount of property had been stolen, worth an estimated £5,000.

Mr Brown told the court: “The defendant’s telephone was examined after she had been arrested.

“In addition to the text messages between the two, there had been text messages to others seeking, before the burglary, purchasers for the TV and for diving equipment which she knew were there.”

Mallinson refused to comment when she was interviewed by police. Some of the stolen property, amounting to £4,000, was later found and returned to Mr Mallinson.

A wallet containing his cards was found at his wife’s home. The defendant accepted having taken them “just for defilement”.

Mr Chris Evans, defending, said there had been a rather emotive break-up after a short marriage.

He said: “She recognises that to enter these premises to take these items was an inexcusable way of seeking to deal with an issue of outstanding finances.

“She took a very foolish decision. She recognises she should not have done it but has expressed good victim empathy and understanding.”

The court also heard that a TV and some cash were not recovered.

The judge, recorder Christopher Melton QC, described it as an unusual case and a serious offence.

He told Mallinson, of Buxton Street, Morecambe: “It is not necessary for the court to reflect your crime in a sentence of prison, of any kind.”

Mallinson was given a community order, which will include a 12-month supervision period. She must also carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and pay £650 compensation to Mr Mallinson.

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