Drug addict jailed for theft - Luton

13/10/2017

A drug addict, who abused the trust of a disabled Luton woman, was jailed for 12 months today, Friday, 13 October 2017.

Darren Smith, aged 36, stole jewellery from her one-bed flat in Repton Close after asking her to let him in for a glass of water.

Prosecutor Robert Brown told Luton Crown Court that Smith's brother had been looking after the woman for about a year. Smith, who had been released from prison on 1 September for attempted burglary, was introduced to her by his brother. He visited on at least two occasions before calling again on Saturday, 16 September, when he asked for water. He was in the flat for at least an hour before leaving with jewellery worth around £300.

On 20 September, Smith was a passenger in a car that was stopped by the police and the jewellery was found underneath the driver's seat.

Smith, of Kingsland Court, Luton, appeared via a video link from Bedford prison having pleaded guilty to theft from a dwelling.

The prosecutor said he had a "long list of dishonesty" with a total 49 previous offences; 37 of which were for dishonesty.

Kevin Molloy, defending, said: "His problem is drugs. It is deeply unfortunate that he is released on licence from his previous sentence and commits a stupid offence."

Sentencing him, Recorder Patrick Fields said: "The victim was a woman who lived alone in a one bed flat. She was a vulnerable victim. She trusted your brother and she trusted you. She let you in and you abused trust she placed in you."

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