South West Wales

Swansea carer jailed for burglaries at elderly residents' homes

A home carer responsible for an "appalling catalogue" of burglaries on elderly and vulnerable residents, has been jailed for two years.

Michelle Williams, 30, from Morriston, Swansea, admitted break-ins at eight houses in a two-week spree.

Swansea Crown Court was told she was pressured by an ex-boyfriend to raise money and now felt remorse.

Her current boyfriend Terrence Fox, 22, who acted as look-out, was jailed for 20 months.

He admitted seven charges of burglary and attempted burglary.

Swansea Crown Court heard most of the victims were in their 80s and from Gorseinon, Pontarddulais, Dunvant and Penllergaer.

'Hugely disturbed'

Prosecutor Ian Ibrahim said Wiliams was caught after she broke into the home of 96-year-old woman for a second time.

Williams had already stolen £240 from the woman's home and that it was on returning the following night that a neighbour saw her and called the police.

In one break-in, Williams crawled across the floor in an 86-year-old victim's home and stole £50 from her purse, the court heard.

Williams used her inside knowledge and access codes used for her work to gain access, often in the early hours of the morning.

She also admitted one count of attempted burglary,

In total, Williams stole £1,340 and Fox £570.

The court heard that Home Comforts, the care company Williams worked for, has since repaid the money.

Judge Keith Thomas said the pair had carried out an "appalling catalogue of burglaries against people they knew to be vulnerable".

"No doubt the occupiers would have been hugely disturbed," he added.

Williams, he said, was more culpable because she had had the access codes to the key safes and was fully aware of the type of people she had targeted.

Fox, who lived with Williams, became driver and look-out man for Williams after the first burglary.

John Allchurch, defending Williams, told the court how she had been pressured by a former boyfriend, who she owed cash, and that she now suffered "remorse, regret and shame".