Queensferry mother-of-four locked up for Christmas

Published date: 20 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MUM-of-four has been locked up after a court heard how she continued to offend while on a suspended prison sentence.

On two occasions she burgled the homes of near neighbours during the day – and also stole a mobile phone while visiting another neighbour.

Natalie Tierney, 28, formerly of Maplewood Avenue in Garden City where the offences occurred – but now of Dyfed Drive in Queensferry, was jailed for 17 months.

Judge Philip Hughes, sitting at Mold Crown Court yesterday, said Tierney had persistently offended while subject to a suspended prison order.

She had shown no remorse or empathy with her victims, he said.

There was now no alternative but to activate the suspended sentence and to sentence her to custody for the new offences.

The court heard how the burglaries had a serious effect on her neighbours.

She had climbed over the fence between her and her next door neighbour in Maplewood Avenue, entered the house and stole a computer tablet.

On another occasion a neighbour who was working nights was awoken in the afternoon by the defendant on her landing.

She claimed to have heard the noise of a window being smashed and went into the house to see if she could help.

While visiting another neighbour she stole her mobile phone – denied taking it when challenged and even pretended to help look for the phone.

The court heard that she received a suspended prison sentence after she admitted a charge of perverting the course of justice by giving her sister’s name when she was arrested for shoplifting back in 2001 and she was cautioned.

It all came out earlier this year and she received a six month sentence suspended for two years, was placed on supervision and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

Defending barrister John Hedgecoe said it was a very unusual case. She had not started offending until the age of 27.

She had been involved in a custody battle over her children, had another relationship, had a baby, and had been suffering from post natal depression.

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