Belfast Telegraph

Burgling mum has jail term reduced

By Alan Erwin

A mother jailed for burgling her elderly neighbour's home in the middle of the night is to be freed after having her prison term reduced on appeal.

Senior judges in Belfast ruled that Dawn Robinson's two years, three-month sentence for breaking into the house in Londonderry should be cut by five months.

With the 27-year-old having already served half of the new term behind bars, she is now set to be released from custody. Robinson and her co-accused Colin Hawthorne (26), the father of her child, were caught red-handed by police in the house at Waveney Park on October 31 last year.

She had filled a bag with painkillers, medication, coffee and ketchup.

The victim, described as having several medical problems, had phoned 999 to report that he could hear intruders downstairs but was too frightened to investigate.

Robinson had been addicted to prescription drugs, although her lawyers said she was now clean.

Despite stressing that Robinson was guilty of a breach of trust which caused fear and alarm, Lord Justice Girvan held that the starting point in sentencing had been too high.

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