Knutsford woman handed suspended sentence for deceiving vulnerable pensioner Date published: 21st July 2017 9.32am

A Knutsford woman has been handed a suspended prison sentence after she harassed a vulnerable pensioner and assaulted his care worker.

Kelly Coad, 30, of the Longbridge Estate, Knutsford, appeared at Stockport Magistrates’ on Monday 17 July where she was handed a 24 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after she pleaded guilty to one count of harassment and one count of Battery.

She was also given a 12 month supervision order and ordered to pay the victims £180.00 in compensation.

The harassment began on Monday 4 April when Coad knocked at the door of a vulnerable 86-year-old pensioner in Knutsford and befriended him.

Coad claimed that her car had broken down and she was stranded, before asking the pensioner if he could give her £90 so she could get home. Believing the story was genuine, the frail pensioner handed over the money.

However, less than 24 hours later Coad retuned to the address, this time claiming she needed to use the victim’s phone line to ring for a taxi. Once inside the address, she again asked for money from the man; this time taking £60.

Over the next three days Coad returned to the address a further three times; on each occasion she created a new, even more elaborate reasons as to why she needed the money and deceived the victim out of a further £120.

Coad’s actions came to an abrupt end on Thursday 6 April when she was challenged by the victim’s carer, who was present when Coad attended the address. After being challenged, Coad assaulted the carer – elbowing her in the chest – before fleeing the address.

After becoming aware of the deception the care worker reported the incidents to Cheshire Police, leading to the arrest, and charge of Kelly Coad.

Sergeant Kelly Johnston from Knutsford said: “The actions taken by Coad were totally appalling and I hope that the sentence handed to her will act as a warning, both to her and other potential offenders.

“Coad purposefully targeted the victim due to his vulnerabilities and knowingly deceived him out of hundreds of pounds. She targeted the victim on multiple occasions, always with the intent of deceiving him out of even more money.

“I would like to take this as an opportunity to commend the actions of the care worker who challenged Coad and reported the incidents to us; I have no doubt that had the care not reported the incidents then Coad’s deception would have continued.

“I urge anyone who believes that they many have been a victim of any similar incidents to contact the team here at Knutsford on 101.”