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Drug-using mum snatched purse from student

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

Kelly Louise Randal

A DRUG-USING mum attempted to steal from a student using a Port Talbot cash machine, and weeks later carried out burglaries while on bail, including one in which she confronted a young teen in her home.

Swansea Crown Court heard how Kelly Louise Randal, of Carmarthen House, Bevin Avenue, had snatched a purse from the young female Neath College student who was withdrawing cash from the ATM near the Apollo nightclub in the early hours of January 29. She had run from the scene, but was stopped by a witness who wrestled her to the floor.

The incident had been captured on CCTV and was played to the court.

Prosecuting, Dean Pulling also told the court that in March, while Randal had been on bail for that matter, she had entered two properties in Southville Road, Port Talbot, while under the influence of drugs.

At one, she had spoken to a 13-year-old girl, who had been awoken by the growling of the family dogs, and said she was looking for someone, before leaving the house. But the next morning a neighbour found a jewellery box belonging to the family which had been abandoned in the garden.

Mitigating, Nicola Preece said Randal, aged 35, had detoxed while in custody and was volunteering as a Samaritan, and added: "She has gone some way in trying to turn her life around. She is particularly embarrassed about the robbery. She recognises the impact and trauma it must have had on her young victim.

She added: "She can't remember committing the burglaries due to the consumption of illicit substances."

Sentencing Randal, Judge Huw Davies said: "You pleaded guilty to the robbery, but the two burglaries you delayed your guilty plea just about as long as you could, when the trial had already started and evidence had been heard, some from young witnesses.

"A colossal substance abuse problem in part triggered these offences.

"People need to know if they are not kept safe [from these crimes] then people will be punished for them."

Randal, who was given a prison sentence of three years and six months, wept as she was led from the dock.

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