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Man stole pounds 700 from envelope in woman's bra.


A DRUNKEN man stole pounds 700 from inside a woman's bra - then punched her in the face and fled, a court heard yesterday.

Joseph Willis, 45, drank a bottle of vodka in a woman's house and then made sexual advances towards her.

She told him to stop but he got his hands inside her bra - where he found an envelope containing pounds 700.

He hit her, then kicking out a double glazed unit in the front door and ran off with the cash in his hand.

While on bail, he burgled the home of four vulnerable people and stole their television.

Yesterday at Mold Crown Court, Willis, of Connor Crescent in Wrexham, admitted burglary, assault, theft and criminal damage.

Oliver King, prosecuting, said the woman answered a knock on her door, Willis was there, and he asked for pounds 10.

She knew him, gave him the money, and he returned and sat in her lounge and drank a bottle of vodka within 20 minutes, then he started making advances towards her.

She rejected his advances saying she was 50 years of age.

But he grabbed her with both hands, pushed her onto a sofa and pinned her back..

"He then placed his hand inside her bra where there was an envelope containing pounds 700 which was to be used to pay bills that day. She had put it there for safe keeping," said Mr King.

"He felt it, pulled it out, saw the money in pounds 20 notes and started to punch her to the head." She suffered bruising and a cut lip. He failed to get out of the locked back door, she pushed the sofa to try and prevent him leaving via the front door, but as she was on the phone to the police she heard a smashing sound as he kicked out the glass in the front door and fled.

In a letter to the court he said he had a terminal heart condition. He had recently married but his wife had a condition which meant she would die within a year.

She was pregnant which was a deliberate decision so that something would survive from their relationship, defence barrister Henry Gow explained.

Willis, who has a long list of previous convictions including robbery and kidnapping, would not offend again and was now aware of his own mortality, he said.

Judge John Rogers QC said he had taken into account everything said on his behalf, but jailed him for two years and eight months.

"Only prison sentences are appropriate," he said.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 17, 2009
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