Because she is pregnant, a ‘devious’ mother who stole from an elderly woman gets spared prison.
Because she is pregnant, a mother who stole from an elderly woman before fleeing to Romania for five years has avoided jail time.
Adelaida Ioana, 33, allegedly conspired with her partner to steal from an elderly woman in her eighties at a Stratford-upon-Avon Waitrose supermarket in May 2016. When they feigned to ask for directions, the duo watched the OAP enter her PIN information at the checkout before following her home and stealing her credit card.
Ioana fled the nation after being detained and granted bail, and remained at large for over five years before being apprehended in Romania.
Ioana was extradited back to the United Kingdom to face theft and fraud charges, to which she pleaded guilty.
On Friday, however, she was spared prison by a court who sentenced her to an 18-month community order and a two-month curfew from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Ioana, who had no prior convictions, was now married and expecting her second kid in November, according to the court.
Ioana’s partner at the time, who has never been apprehended and is now believed to be wanted in Canada for fraud, was abusive and domineering, according to Ioana’s lawyer, Jane Carpenter.
She also alleged that he had planned the crime and that she felt compelled to participate.
Sentencing “However nasty your partner was at the time, for you to get involved in taking from a vulnerable old lady in such a conniving and deceitful fashion was a wicked thing to do,” Judge Peter Cooke said.
“I will not send you to prison today for what you did five years ago, but one of the major reasons for my leniency is that you are about to give birth to your second child. Your first child is seven years old, which is much more significant.
“Your little girl was two years old when you did what you did to that elderly lady, and she would not have known anything about it if you had been dealt with at the time.