Bag thief shown leniency

John Howard sentenced for stealing a bag from a Sheffield woman who died four days later.

John Howard sentenced for stealing a bag from a Sheffield woman who died four days later.

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A thief must carry out community service after stealing a handbag belonging to a 73-year-old Sheffield woman – who died four days later.

A court heard the son of victim Pamela Roddis asked magistrates to deal with John Joseph Howard leniently, after he admitted stealing her bag while she was on holiday in Bridlington.

Mrs Roddis, who lived at Brunswick Gardens Retirement Village in Woodhouse, Sheffield, died of a brain haemorrhage four days after the theft, which happened while she was on holiday in the town.

 

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