A JUDGE has lost patience with a pensioner of good character up to the age of 66, who has gone off the rails in the last 20 months.
Susan Rigg, 68, had no criminal record until the end of 2020 but now has four convictions for more than 20 offences, mostly for low-grade alcohol use disorder and assault on paramedics trying to attend to her, often when she was intoxicated.
The defendant, who also goes by the name ‘Gypsy Star’, was sentenced to seven months in prison, suspended for two years, with an order to attend 35 days of probationary rehabilitation activity, imposed at Durham Crown Court last October. year.
She was then in court for assaulting two prison officers, deliberately coughing on them, having told them that she thought she had the symptoms of Covid, last April, more for a crime of burglary, in which she stole a bottle of rum from the Marsden Inn, South Shields, a few months earlier.
Handing down the suspended sentence in October, Judge Ray Singh told her he was “willing to take a risk” on her, as she had spent four months in custody at the time.
He said that “for some incredible reason” she started committing crimes so late in her life, especially since some of the crimes were “the kind of offenses that children commit”.
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Just over four months later, she was back in court for offenses including assaulting a paramedic on November 26 last year and breaching the suspended sentence weeks later. its taxation.
The court heard police were called to remove her from an address where she had been drinking, in South Shields, late on November 26 last year.
Neil Jones, prosecuting, said Rigg claimed to have nowhere to spend the night, so officers were trying to find her accommodation, but as she ranted in a police cruiser and was told to calm down, she bit a policewoman on her left thumb. and index.
The lapses included failing to show up for probation appointments, including one when she told an officer it was her birthday, Nov. 17, just weeks after sentencing with reprieve.
Rigg, formerly of Rowan Court, South Shields, admitted to breaching a suspended sentence, assaulting a lifeguard and burglarizing a storage room at an apartment complex in Leeds, in November 2020.
Shada Mellor, for Rigg, described the lapses as “a minor misstep”, at a time when she had health issues including Covid and pneumonia.
But Judge Singh told Rigg he had tried to help him deliver the suspended sentence in October.
“I could very well have given you a long custodial sentence in October.
“I took into account your age, the hardships in prison, and that whatever happened, in your late 60s, your life was completely derailed.”
But he said she disobeyed the court order within weeks and was left in a position where there were no factors to justify not activating the suspended sentence.
He imposed a total prison sentence of ten months, part of which she served in custody pending the outcome of the case.
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