Drug addict robbed blind man in his own home

Angela Burns has been jailed for nearly four years


Drug addict robbed blind man in his own home

A woman whose life has been 'blighted by drug use' robbed an elderly registered blind wheelchair user in his own home.

Angela Burns, 47, of Birkenhead forced her way into her OAP victim's house, before pinning him down and shouting.

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Burns, who has a history of preying on vulnerable people and has spent 15 years in an out of prison for targeting pensioners, has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the gran-of-four's latest victim was partially sighted Alan Ferns, 72, on January 4 this year.

Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said Mr Ferns went drinking in the North Star pub in Laird Street, Birkenhead, where he was a regular customer, at around 1pm, the Liverpool Echo reports.

He was with his friend Paul Connell, who previously warned him about holding his wallet up close to his face, to see how much money was inside.

Staff member Les Gandy helped escort Mr Ferns home at around 4pm, but the victim then heard a knock on his kitchen window.

Mr Duncan said he went to his front door and recognised the voice of "Angie" from the pub, who offered to sell him a coat.

When he declined she forced the door open, before pushing him back onto a sofa bed, pinning him down and shouting.

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Angela Burns, 47, of Birkenhead , was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court

He felt his wallet slip from his trouser pocket and money fell out, which he tried to pick up.

Mr Duncan said his friend Mr Connell then arrived at his home and saw Burns standing over him.

He demanded to know what was going on and she fled with nearly £160 in cash, leaving Mr Ferns frightened, nervous and wary.

Mr Ferns said: "I am so appalled and disgusted that somebody would have the front to attack anybody who is both vulnerable and elderly, especially when they believe they are in the comfort and safety of their own home."

When arrested by police, Burns said she regularly visited the North Star and knew the victim and where he lived.

However, she denied responsibility, accusing him and Mr Connell of lying, before today admitting robbery.

Burns was jailed for 18 months for burglary in 2002, after stealing an elderly disabled man's wallet.

She was handed three and a half years behind bars in 2007 for three burglaries, when she targeted an 81-year-old man.

In 2012 she was jailed for three years and four months, after conning her way into sheltered accommodation and burgling residents.

She posed as a care worker to steal money from elderly victims at Foxleigh Grange in Birkenhead.

On that occasion Burns claimed she wanted to turn over a new leaf for the sake of her grandchildren.

But in June 2014 she was jailed for eight months for theft after targeting a 70-year-old man with severe learning difficulties.

John Weate, defending, said his client's life was "blighted" by drug use and she "worked the streets for many years as a consequence".

He said the mum-of-two now lived with her own mother and had stayed out of trouble for two years since she was last released from prison.

Jailing Burns for three years and eight months, Judge Elizabeth Nicholls said she targeted a "particularly vulnerable victim".

She said: "He no longer feels safe and secure in his home."

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