Woman conned victim out of £3,000 savings
A PROLIFIC confidence trickster who conned a vulnerable disabled man out of neatly £3,000 has been jailed for 14 months.
Sian Price befriended Barry Nixon, who has an estimated mental age of 12, and urged him to make several withdrawals from his NatWest bank account.
Bristol Crown Court heard that the episode had left Mr Nixon nervous and had shattered his confidence.
Price, 43, of Knowle Road, Windmill Hill, pleaded guilty to theft.
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The Recorder of Bristol, his Honour Judge Neil Ford QC told her: "The public would be scandalised if you did not receive an immediate custodial sentence."
Nadeem Aullybocus, prosecuting, told the court that 61-year-old Mr Nixon lived in warden- controlled sheltered accommodation and had worked for Remploy for 40 years.
When he failed to turn up for work, his sister contacted him and spoke to a woman who said that Mr Nixon had a doctor's appointment.
It transpired that he had been befriended by Price and she had not only cashed one of his cheques, in the sum of £350, but gone to the bank with him and made withdrawals of £990, £600 and £995 between February 18 and 20.
The bank made good Mr Nixon's losses, Mr Aullybocus confirmed.
Mr Nixon was interviewed and told how he had met a "Welsh lady" in the city centre, and she had gone to his home with him and broken into his safe.
He said he then went with her and stayed overnight in St Paul's, and she had pestered him for money.
Price told police that she had met Mr Nixon and had a non-intimate relationship.
She claimed that Mr Nixon gave her the cheque, which was then stolen.
The court heard she was recovering from addiction to crack cocaine.
Andrew Ray, defending, said his client had done very well at Bristol Drugs Project as well as while being remanded in custody.
He said she hoped for a suspended sentence with drug treatment attached.