A woman has been handed a 22-month prison sentence after she broke into the home of an 86-year-old woman and subsequently attacked her.
On May 17, 2023, the elderly woman was discarding rubbish outside her Powerscourt Road residence when Charlee Frost approached her, seeking directions. After the brief interaction, the older woman returned inside to discover Frost exiting from the upstairs of her home, alleging she had merely used the bathroom.
However, the elderly resident soon noticed her purse, which contained her bank card, was missing. Not long after, she confronted Frost on Farlington Road. This confrontation escalated, leading Frost to assault the woman. The culprit then proceeded to make purchases at a nearby store using the stolen bank card.
Fortunately, Frost was arrested shortly after, with both the bank card and stolen jewelry being retrieved. As a result of the altercation, the elderly woman sustained minor injuries requiring medical attention.
PC Rosy Dudeney-Cotteril, the officer overseeing the investigation, remarked, “Beyond the theft, Frost physically harmed the victim, who was fortunate to avoid more severe injuries. This verdict sends a resounding warning to criminals targeting the elderly or vulnerable: their actions will not go unpunished. Home invasions have profound emotional and physical consequences, and this case’s resolution brings some solace to the victim.”
Hampshire Constabulary urges victims of burglary or those with related information to come forward through their official communication channels.