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Pensnett teen jailed for robbing pensioner of the will to live
3:37pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
A PENSNETT teenager has been jailed for robbing a vulnerable pensioner of treasured possessions and the will to live.
Wolverhampton Crown Court was told the frail 83-year-old was at hospital when Ricky Field stole jewellery including her engagement ring.
As he was jailed for 16 months, Field, aged 19, was told his crime had left a lasting effect on his victim.
Judge Amjad Nawaz told Field: "When she returned to the house the impact of what she discovered has had a lasting effect on her.
"She has been psychologically affected, she has gone downhill and she is not interested in living anymore. That is the crushing effect of this burglary. It has left her feeling unsafe and extremely vulnerable."
The widow had just got used to being alone after the death of her husband when raiders took jewellery including three rings, two pendants, a gold chain and a watch valued at over £1,000.
Jonathan Barker, prosecuting, said the property was all recovered by police after it had been sold at a pawnbroker's shop by a friend of the teenager.
Field, of Tennyson Street, admitted burglary having maintained to police after his arrest he had been acting as a lookout while the home of the woman was searched.
Thomas Morgan, aged 18, of Stourbridge Road, Dudley, admitted handling stolen property and he was given six months at a young offenders Institution suspended for 18 months.
He was further ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work in the community, placed on supervision for 18 months and told to pay £280 costs.
Mr Barker told the court the woman's carer had seen two young men acting suspiciously in the area before she took the widow to hospital.
He said a pensioner living in the area also saw a young man go into the property after a rear door had been forced and the police were alerted.
Harpreet Sandhu, for Field, described his client as a feckless young man whose failure to gain employment was behind his history of offending.