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Blackburn pensioner's car stolen from hospital
7:00pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
A PENSIONER who had been visiting her husband in hospital every day for 16 weeks came out one night to find her car had been stolen.
Blackburn magistrates heard the two men responsible had taken it to Bolton so one of them could visit his mum.
And the chairman of the magistrates said the act had been extremely selfish. He said: “The distress and anxiety you caused to this lady must have been horrendous,” he said.
“She has been going to hospital for 16 weeks visiting her husband and you two come along and take her transport. What an appalling act.”
Steven Johnstone, 22, and Michael John Williams, 37, both of Cherry Tree Lodge, Islington, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking.
Williams also pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence. They were both remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the car was reported stolen and police saw it at 11.20 pm being driven along Bolton Road, Darwen. Williams was driving and he gave a breathalyser reading of 60 against the legal limit of 35.
Angela Rossi, for Williams, said her client had written a letter of apology to the owner of the car Liz Parker, for Johnstone, said her client accepted he was wrong and took full responsibility for his actions.
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