Victim Praises Work of CPS

31/01/2010

A victim of crime has praised the work of the Crown Prosecution Service for the support they provided throughout criminal proceedings.

A 60 year old woman who was subjected to intimidation and theft by her late husbands carer has spoken out about the service she received from the Criminal Justice System.

The carer Susan Batey befriended the couple before stealing cards and other items from their house. The victim was then subjected to intimidation before contacting the Police

Susan Tallantire spoke as the woman responsible for the crimes against her was sentenced to 13 months:

"When I realised what was going on I was upset and felt foolish for putting my trust in someone. I didnt think I would be taken seriously as my concerns might have seemed minor to some.

"When I did report my concerns I found that the Criminal Justice System took it very seriously and handled my case with great sensitivity. The service I have received has been absolutely marvellous.

"They kept me up to date throughout and even installed a panic alarm in my house. Knowing I was in there hands has made me feel safe again.

"My grandchildren (aged 12 and 14) were so impressed they even used their spending money to buy chocolates to say thank you to all of the people who have worked on my case.

"Because of those people I feel safer. Its not an easy job but they are fantastic and I dont know where we would be without them.

"I would advise anyone who believes they are a victim of crime to contact the Police and work with the Criminal Justice System to ensure those responsible are brought to justice."

Chief Crown Prosecutor Barbara Petchey added: "Crimes against the elderly and people with disabilities are particularly serious. This couple were befriended and their trust was abused. We are committed to taking action against this and have worked with the Police to ensure the strongest possible case is put before the courts to ensure justice is served.

"We along with the Police take great pride in our work with victims and witnesses and are grateful to Mrs Tallantire for formally recognising this work."

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Young from Humberside Police said: "This was a particularly cruel crime committed by an individual in a position of trust. Humberside Police have worked closely with Mrs Tallantire and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring the offender to justice. 
 
"Humberside Police takes all reported crimes seriously and endeavour to meet the needs and support all victims and witnesses of crime."