Pregnant Teresa Smith jailed for attack on Chell grandmother
HEAVILY pregnant Teresa Smith has been jailed for four years after she throttled and robbed a grandmother in her own home.
The 34-year-old mother-of-two will now give birth to her third child behind bars after carrying out the terrifying attack on Jacqueline Bibby.
She had gone to her victim's Chell home to buy tobacco, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday.
But while there, Smith attacked and stole about £800 from Mrs Bibby, who had been saving to send her granddaughter on holiday.
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Prosecutor Neil Ahuja said Smith pushed Mrs Bibby on the sofa and threatened to kill her before demanding the cash.
"The victim kneed Smith between the legs," said Mr Ahuja.
"Smith pulled her to the floor and kneed her in the back and stepped over her.
"The victim did manage to pull her hair but the defendant put her hands around her throat before leaving."
Smith, who is now eight months pregnant, was later seen walking up the road with co-defendant John Mutch and both appeared to be laughing.
Mrs Bibby suffered reddening to her neck and arms and a lump to her forehead as well as scratches.
The court was told she has been left traumatised by the robbery at 5pm on May 30.
Smith and Mutch, both aged 34, and of Carlton Avenue, Mill Hill, were arrested at The Hazlehurst Arms, Chell, where Mutch had given the cash to the landlady for safe-keeping.
Smith pleaded guilty to robbery on the basis it was not planned.
Joanne Wallbanks, mitigating for Smith, said: "She was at the house with permission. It was a spur of the moment decision to grab the money.
"Drink was an issue. She regrets it happening."
Judge Paul Glenn, jailing Smith for four years, said the robbery was a breach of trust.
He told Smith: "Whilst no weapon was used you used significant force, injuring that lady.
"She is a grandmother. It was a breach of trust, you were related to her partner. You subjected her to a violent attack in her own home.
"You demanded money, and throttled her and threatened to kill her. You took the box containing money."
Alcoholic Mutch admitted handling stolen goods on the basis the cash was handed to him in the street.
Anis Ali, representing Mutch, said his client played a subordinate role.
He also pleaded guilty to burgling a house in Irene Avenue, Mill Hill, with intent to cause criminal damage on January 25 last year.
The court heard he had heard a rumour in an off-licence and went to the property in a drunken rage. He smashed his way in through a kitchen window but left without taking anything.
Judge Glenn jailed Mutch for 18 months telling him he would treat the burglary as an act of vandalism rather than one of theft.