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Former drug addict from Burnley threatened OAP in wheelchair
A FORMER drug addict has been ordered, by a crown court recorder, to stay away from a 70-year-old wheelchair user who she pestered for money.
Claire Garrard, 29, was originally charged with attempted robbery and affray, in relation to an incident involving John Baxendale.
But Garrard, of Pritchard Street, Burnley, admitted a lesser charge of using threatening behaviour after CCTV evidence was reviewed.
Prosecutor David Macro said Mr Baxendale, who had suffered a stroke and had impaired speech, was at a local store when he was approached by Garrard. Mr Macro said Garrard offered to do jobs for him because she was desperate for money, and this continued as he was on his way home.
But the matter ended with the woman waving a clenched fist at the pensioner, and mention was made of a knife, he added.
Mark Stuart, defending, said there was never any evidence of an attempted robbery and her plea was the correct one.
Garrard had been in custody since July 17 and had served the equivalent of a four-month prison term, the court heard.
But Mr Stuart said she had been on a methadone reduction programme while on remand, and was keen to continue making progress with the assistance of the probation service.
Recorder John Jones QC remanded Garrard on bail for pre-sentence reports until October 18, on condition she does not approach Mr Baxendale again, or go within 300 yards of his Ada Street home.
He told the court that it was not in the public interest for the defendant to receive a short period of imprisonment, when assistance could possibly be offered.