Swansea's longest serving councillor is quitting in disgust after a six-year-old girl was used to burgle his city home.And if you thought that sounded a bit Dickensian…
… heroin addict Karen Toylzia Richards lifted the child into the house through a conservatory window and asked her to fetch a laptop computer.Presumably while whistling ‘You’ve Got To pick A Pocket (Or Two)’..?
And no, the six-year-old wasn’t the daughter, either:
Brian Simpson, prosecuting, said that on the morning of August 5 the six-year-old was playing with a friend.And that got her charged not just with theft, but with child abduction!
Richards approached and said: "Hello, girls. I've left my keys in the house. Could one of you help me?"
The child then walked with Richards to the back of a house in Vincent Street, where the defendant lifted her in through an open conservatory window.
She asked the girl to pass her a laptop and charger, then helped the child to climb back out through the window.
In a victim-impact Councillor Lloyd — a councillor for 46 years — said the crime committed at his home had left him sickened.Yup, I’d give up on the neighbourhood too, if I was him…
His wife had been so badly traumatised, he said, he no longer felt able to leave her on her own and they had spent £500 on a CCTV security system.
Councillor Lloyd said the burglary was a factor in his decision to stand down from local politics in May this year.