A pensioner was punched in the face and robbed – by a woman who was weeks away from giving birth.Her target didn’t let that hold her back, though:
When the brave 71-year-old fought back, attacker Clare Louise Jones told her: "Don't hurt me, I'm heavily pregnant."Now that’s chutzpah!
Speaking after Jones was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Friday, Mrs Harris said: "She's a scumbag.Scumbags, Mrs Harris. The sort that the justice system is supposedly set up to protect people like yourself from, at least, in theory…
"I regret hitting a pregnant woman, but I didn't know she was expecting because she was wearing a coat. Anyway, what kind of person attacks a pensioner when she is seven months pregnant?"
Jones, formerly of Border House Hostel, Belgrave Boulevard, Mowmacre, Leicester, admitted committing the robbery at 8.50pm on July 29 last year.Ummm….
She was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and conditions to undergo drug rehabilitation and attend the Just Women project, which aims to improve the lives of vulnerable women.
Maybe I’m missing something here, but isn’t Mrs Harris the vulnerable one?
James Varley, mitigating for Jones, told the court his client had committed the robbery when she was the victim of an abusive relationship and under extreme pressure.I think you highlighted the wrong word in your thesaurus, Mr Varley. The word you should have used was ‘despicable’. It’s an easy mistake to make...
He said: "She was desperate."
.. Mrs Harris, who is now 72, said she thought the sentence was "a joke".And no. It’s not her only offence. It never is, is it? We aren’t talking Jean Valjean, here, after all…
She said: "It's ridiculous. I knew all that would happen was she would get her wrists slapped.
"Everyone is bending over backwards to help her, but no-one thinks about the effect on me."
Jones has 24 previous offences on her record, mainly for shoplifting.Let me guess, she was ‘desperate’ all those times, too?
Mr Varley added his client was "aghast at how she had sunk so low last July, when she was pregnant as well".Yeah, yeah, yeah…
He said Jones had previously shoplifted because of a heroin addiction. She has since sought help and is on a methadone prescription, he said.
Let’s face it, Mrs Harris is right. She’s just a scumbag.