Thief stole chain from blind man

WDH CCTV screen grab of Stacey Holderness who was caught stealing from a blind man
WDH CCTV screen grab of Stacey Holderness who was caught stealing from a blind man

A THIEF helped a blind man back to his flat and then snatched a silver chain from around his neck, a court heard.

Stacey Holderness, 24, played the Good Samaritan to a 48-year-old disabled man who had got lost near his Kirkgate flat after drinking with friends on January 9.

Wakefield magistrates were told how the victim, who has been totally blind for three years, heard a young-sounding voice offering to help him back to his flat.

Prosecutor Richard Ogden said they had gone into the foyer when “without warning she went up to him and pulled a silver chain from around his neck with such force that it broke.

“She then ran away leaving him shaken and stirred.”

But the theft was caught on the Wakefield District Housing (WDH) building’s CCTV system and police tracked her down. Holderness told officers she had woken up with the chain in her hand but couldn’t recall where she had got it from as she had been drinking.

But she “broke down” after seeing the CCTV. She was left disgusted and horrified by her actions.

Holderness, care of Clifford Avenue, Portobello, admitted theft and breaching her anti-social behaviour and community orders.

Emma Radley, mitigating, said: “She is somebody who drinks to excess and then commits offences.”

Wakefield magistrates committed Holderness for sentence at Leeds Crown Court

Gary Lumb, WDH’s community safety manager said: “We take the safety of our tenants and residents very seriously and we utilise CCTV in a positive way to give the public reassurance and prevent anti-social behaviour”.