The second of two people who stole cash savings from a vulnerable old person in Ramsgate has been jailed.
Paris Campbell-Mitchell distracted the man, who was in his 60s and suffering from a terminal illness, while Mark Queen burgled his property in November 2022.
Queen took £3,000 in cash which the victim had been saving to cover the costs of his funeral. The man has sadly since passed away from illness. Queen, 32, and Campbell-Mitchell, 26, were tracked down by East Kent Criminal Investigation Department and were arrested the same month.
Campbell-Mitchell, formerly of Victoria Road, Ramsgate, was jailed for two years, 10 months at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 15th September 2023 after admitting burglary at an earlier hearing. Queen, formerly of Gordon Road, Margate, was jailed for three years, four months at the same court for the same offence in February this year.
The offence took place on the afternoon of Saturday 12th November 2022, when Campbell-Mitchell visited the victim, who was known to her, and convinced him to go shopping with her. While she and the victim were out, Queen entered the property in Leopold Road and emptied a cash box beside his bed of all of its contents.
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Messages recovered by police during the ensuing investigation showed Campbell-Mitchell asking Queen ‘How much you got?’. He replied: ‘Dead on 3’, believed to refer to the £3,000. When she was arrested on Friday 25th November, Campbell-Mitchell was found in possession of £300 in cash, as well as a recently-purchased iPad and Nintendo Switch.
Queen attempted to evade arresting officers by jumping out of the window of a property in Margate three days later. He failed to get away and was detained nearby.
Investigating officer PC Joshua O’Donnell said ‘This was a despicable offence committed against a man who was very sadly in the final weeks of his life. I am sad he did not live to hear that those who committed the offence have been sent to prison, but I know he appreciated the help and support offered to him by the local community following the burglary.