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Red Lodge teenager who stole from elderly lady has case adjourned for third time

A teenager who was due to be sentenced after he stole from a vulnerable pensioner has had his case adjourned for a third time.

Lewis Falco, 19, of Red Lodge, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court via video link this morning.

He was due to be sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of burglary and three counts of fraud by misrepresentation last year.

Ipswich Crown Court.
Ipswich Crown Court.

At a hearing in February, sentencing was adjourned for medical reports after defending barrister, Joanne Eley, referred to a pre-sentence report, which stated Falco suffered from mental health problems.

At a hearing in April, Judge Emma Peters adjourned the case again after a psychology report found Falco had sought support for mental health difficulties over the past few years and that a detailed psychiatry report was needed.

At a hearing today, Judge Recorder Jeremy Benson QC adjourned Falco's case again until July 19 to allow for a psychiatry report.

Judge Jeremy Benson expressed his frustration with the delay in having the case resolved, which he said was not fair on the defendant.

At a previous hearing last August, Falco pleaded guilty to targeting a 70-year-old woman in Barrow, calling at her home and offering her garden work.

After he left the house, the pensioner noticed her purse, containing cash and cards, was missing from the table in the hallway.

Falco was arrested the next day having been captured on CCTV at a McColls store, where he had used the stolen cards three times.

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