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Woman jailed for attacking man with a learning disability in Harlesden

|News, Violent crime

A woman who attacked a man with a learning disability has been jailed for 35 months.

Janelle James, 38, purposely targeted the 49-year-old victim on three separate occasions between July 2020 and November 2020.

In the first incident she barged into his sheltered housing accommodation in Harlesden intending to steal from his room. On a separate occasion she assaulted his support worker by throwing a bottle at her. In another incident James hit the defenceless victim.

On Thursday, 29 April 2021 James was sentenced to 35 months in prison at Harrow Crown Court. She was also ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge and given a restraining order stopping her from contacting the victim. James had previously pleaded guilty to one count of burglary with intent to steal and two counts of assault by beating.

Emma Antonelli, from the CPS, said: “Janelle James knew her victim had a learning disability and that is exactly why she targeted him, hoping to fund her long-term drug addiction.

“Her actions were aggressive and cruel - and they were caught on CCTV leaving her with little choice but to plead guilty.

“I hope this conviction gives other victims of crime the courage to come forward and see their offenders brought to justice.”

Notes to editors

  • Janelle James (DOB: 28/10/1992) is of no fixed address
  • Emma Antonelli is a Crown Advocate within CPS London North.

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