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Drug addict, 34, is jailed for seven years after tricking elderly into letting her into their homes

Kurline Scott, 34, preyed on trusting pensioners, often to steal meagre amounts of cash from homes around Birmingham

A drug addict has been jailed for seven years after befriending elderly victims and tricking them into letting her into their homes where she carried out violent robberies. 

Kurline Scott, 34, preyed on trusting pensioners, often to steal meagre amounts of cash from homes around Birmingham.

But on other occasions she turned violent and once kicked down a vulnerable woman's door in order to steal £10 and a mobile phone.

Scott, of no fixed address, has been jailed for seven years after she pleaded guilty to burglary and robbery at Birmingham Crown Court.

On the evening of September 19 last year she struck up a conversation with a 79-year-old man, who had been out shopping, on a bus, telling him she was three months pregnant.

When he got off she got off as well and offered to carry a large pack of toilet rolls he had bought.

As they neared his home in Handsworth Wood she asked for £20 but he told her he had spent all his money.

Scott was invited inside where she then spoke to his 74-year-old wife claiming she knew her.

Judge Mark Wall QC said Scott had 'pretended to be helpful' to the pensioner on the bus and added: 'You sold the couple a sob story so that they would offer you both hospitality and money. 'While they were doing that you took the opportunity to steal the woman's phone and purse from inside the house and made your get away.'

Elizabeth Power, prosecuting, said Scott told the woman a hard luck story designed to make her feel sorry for her and she did.

The pensioner decided to help the defendant, giving her £5 and also making up a small bag of groceries.

At one point she put her phone and purse, which contained £30, on one side and Scott later made her excuses and left.

It was only later in the evening that she discovered they had gone.

Miss Power said the police were called and they found the defendant's finger prints on the plastic packaging of the toilet rolls.

Just under a month later Scott met a woman who was with a friend on Soho Road and was invited back to their accommodation, a house for vulnerable females.

The victim went to her room but the defendant kicked the door in and took her phone and £10.

Scott then forced the woman, who was in fear, to a cash point and threatened to stab her but the victim was able to get the help of some passing men.

Miss Power said the defendant was later arrested at an address in Handsworth after the police went there following a report of disorder.

The court was told that Scott had 23 convictions for 47 offences which included robbing a 74-year-old man of £130 after he had just come out of the bookmakers.

Andrew Jackson, defending, said Scott's offending was the result of an 'unremitting' abuse of of controlled drugs which caused her on occasions to use violent and intimidating behaviour.

Judge Mark Wall QC said Scott had 'pretended to be helpful' to the pensioner on the bus and added: 'You sold the couple a sob story so that they would offer you both hospitality and money.

'While they were doing that you took the opportunity to steal the woman's phone and purse from inside the house and made your get away.'

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