Woman jailed for robbing her mother - Ware

05/04/2013

A heroin addict from Ware who robbed her own mother was jailed for 14 months today, Friday, 05 April 2015.

Hilary Williams, 39, tussled on the sofa with her mother Susan to take the £25 cash to feed her addiction.

On another occasion, when her mother was out of the room, she stole £15 from her handbag, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Sally Mealing-McLeod prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said she had told her mother she needed the £25 for a taxi. The mother told her she would pay the driver herself and would not hand her daughter the money directly. With that Williams grabbed her by the wrists and took the money from the 75-year-old.

Williams, of Gladstone Road, Ware, pleaded guilty to robbery on 21 June and theft on 11 September last year. She had four previous convictions.

Sohail Bashir, defending, said Williams was ashamed of the offences against her mother. She was suffering from a "chronic depressive disorder" as well as drug addiction. "She has said she hates life and would rather be dead than alive," he said.

Judge John Plumstead told her: "There is no alternative to custody. You have had a wretched life. Unless you get on top of your problem and stop taking heroin you will die quite soon. Prison is the only way of keeping you from heroin."

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