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No justice for my mum

Reporter: Karen Doherty
Date online: 15 April 2014

Woman who fleeced gran already back on the streets
A WOMAN who stole half the life savings of a elderly woman who considered her a friend has been freed from prison only six weeks into a six-month sentence.

The family of victim Norma McGivern — who died days after her supposed friend was arrested — are disgusted she has been released with an electronic tag. They found out only when a friend spotted Jacqueline Carolan, of Oldham Road, Failsworth, around town.

Carolan (46) was jailed for six months at Manchester Crown Court on February 17 after pleading guilty to fraud, and was released on April 4.

The pair were introduced by Mrs McGivern’s daughter, Pam Bryan, and the trio even went on holiday abroad together.

Carolan discovered kind-hearted Mrs McGivern’s debit card pin number when she asked to borrow £100 for a holiday, and helped her to make the withdrawal at an ATM. She then regularly visited the mum-of-two, who lived alone in nearby Wesley Street, Failsworth, on the pretext of taking her dog for a walk.

But Carolan took the card from the elderly woman’s purse and withdrew up to £250 each time - stealing £1,870.

Mrs McGivern suffered a heart attack and fell downstairs at home in the early hours of December 5 - the day Carolan was arrested. She died after another heart attack five days later. The family believes the stress and betrayal contributed to her death.

Mrs Bryan said: “I knew she would only do three months — half her sentence — but this is disgusting.

“I don’t understand how it has happened. People get longer for not paying their council tax. Surely someone could have told us she had been released and told us why.”

Prisoners jailed for between a year and four years get automatic conditional release after serving half their sentence. They can be released with a tag and home detention curfew after serving a quarter of their sentence.

The Department of Justice declined to comment on an individual case


Crime does pay, is it any wonder people turn to crime, I have heard of holidays that have lasted longer than her prison sentance. Also not to let the relatives know of there decision to free her is beyond me.

It happens because people want every offender jailed no matter how slight the offence, and because they don't want new prisons built, and they don't want to be taxed to pay for keeping them in prison.
This woman stole £1870 she is not a danger to other people and yet it has cost nearly £6000 to keep her in prison for 6 weeks. How is that proportionate or reasonable?
Perhaps Mrs Bryan if you are prepared to fund a longer sentence privately then it might be viable, but not general taxpayers.

Its the principle of justice at stake here , not how much its costing . Six months is six months and not a few weeks in jail , how would you feel Flake if it was your mum ? I know if it was my mum I would be asking questions also .

What we want is suitable punishment for the crime, 6 weeks is not enough to send a message to potential offenders,un less it is 'crime does pay' maybe if it was your money she stole flake you would not be so benevolent.

Flake - do you have a single ounce of compassion? Some things are more important than money. The trauma of this experience will have scarred this family in ways I couldn't even imagine. What would your alternative be? We need suitable punishments and prison sentences as a deterrent. God help us if we lived in a world you wanted for us

FLAKE, TOTALLY wrong, I bet if you was the victim you would have a totally different opinion. If people break the law and its deemed server enough for prison then they should serve out there punishment. What's the point of saying 6 months and then releasing at 6 weeks.

For all those people who think I'm wrong perhaps you might prefer murderers and rapists not to go to prison at all while you wring your hands?
Reality just isn't getting through! THERE AREN'T ENOUGH PRISON PLACES !
When there was a plan to build a prison in Chadderton there was an outcry and it didn't get built.
What we need to do is to raise income tax to 60% minimum, build regardless of peoples objections, and then we can impose the sentences you want.
It's easy to ask, but you won't pay !

'suitable punishment for the crime' means all crime rapist, murderers or thieves. there will always be enough places to put prisoners.Our revolving door prison system will ensure that.

okay Flake, 60% income tax it is........ that'll keep the masses quiet then .... tongue-in-cheek !!

@Flake - what planet are you on? 60% income tax? Get real


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