Thief attacked woman after stealing a mobile phone

Scales of justice
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A thief is due to be sentenced at Buxton magistrates’ court after she was found guilty of stealing a mobile phone and attacking a woman.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, May 10, how Deishjourn Antionette Samuels, 37, had rubbed herself up against a man before stealing his mobile phone and when the victim and a woman pursued Samuels she punched and kneed the woman.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Samuels rubbed herself up against the man and then he realised his phone was missing as she walked off with another male friend.

“The victim and another woman pursued them and asked for the phone back and as the victim was assaulted by Samuels’ male friend the defendant assaulted the woman with punches and a knee to the face.”

Mrs Allsop added that the mobile phone was smashed by Samuels’ friend.

Samuels, of Wendon Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, was convicted in her absence after a trial for theft and assault after the incident in Manchester, in November, last year.

The defendant who was later arrested on a warrant for sentencing also pleaded guilty to stealing chest and throat sweets from Superdrug, in Buxton, on March 12, after she was seen committing this offence by a Police Community Support Officer.

Defence solicitor Julie Page explained that Samuels had spent recent weeks in hospital as a mental health patient.

Magistrates adjourned the case until June 1 to consider a probation report before sentencing at Buxton magistrates’ court.

Samuels was granted bail on the conditions that she remains at her current address and does not enter Buxton apart from on the day of her court hearing.