Lancashire women who lied, robbed and stabbed their way to a Christmas behind bars

A woman who provided transport for a murder plot, a mum who left her children at home to go and make knife threats and a caregiver who robbed vulnerable people are among those locked in Lancashire in recent weeks .

All the women have presented crimes committed so serious that they have been sentenced to immediate prison terms, which means they will be spending the holiday season behind bars.

LancsLive journalists are in court to cover the most serious cases every week.

In some cases, lengthy trials have taken place before juries, while in others, the criminals have pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

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But in any case, a judge has ruled that their crimes are so serious that a custodial sentence will suffice.

An open and transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works – so we do not apologize for spending so much time educating you about what is going on in our courts.

The list below includes the names, faces and stories of some of the court cases our reporters have covered over the past two months.

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Mermaid Rafiq



Mermaid Rafiq

Sireen Rafiq, 36 (also known as Shamilia Tabassum), of Seacole Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, was sentenced to 21 months for transferring criminal property.

Rafiq was part of a “sophisticated and prolific” organized criminal group that caused “misery wherever they went.”

Police said the car thief gang were involved in 162 offenses of burglary, theft and attempted burglary.

The gang was sentenced to a total of 32 years in prison.

An investigation was opened in January 2020 after an increase in residential burglaries in Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire, in which high-performance vehicles worth an estimated £ 2.6million were stolen and often recovered in the Blackburn area.

The theft offenses investigated were keyless entry, in which wireless key signals were cloned, allowing violators to open the vehicle in the driveway, start the engine and operate the vehicle.

This means that the criminal is able to avoid having to break into houses to steal key chains.

Full story here.

Danielle Orrell



Danielle Orrell, 33, of Cresswell Ave, Ingol
Danielle Orrell, 33, of Cresswell Ave, Ingol

Danielle Orrell, 33, was growing cannabis in a tent in her bedroom. It was with cocaine and amphetamines found in his kitchen.

It was on June 24 that she set her sights on a property housing Colin Maudsley and his partner.

Knocking on their door at around 5:50 am, Orrell started yelling outside their house.

Mr Maudsley investigated what was going on only to see a knife stuck in his mailbox. He called the police who arrived and found Orrell and another man outside the property.

Officers became concerned for her children, who were being looked after by a teenage babysitter, and came home. There was a strong smell of cannabis so they searched the area and found the cannabis growing in Orrell’s room.

In the kitchen there was 12.8g of amphetamine, 1.2g of cocaine and 74.3g of cannabis and £ 240 in cash, hidden in a cereal box.

Orrell, of Cresswell Avenue, Ingol, admitted to authorizing the use of his home for drug storage and pleaded guilty to possession of class A drugs, possession of class B, production of class B and possession of d ‘a blade article in a public place.

She was imprisoned for eight months.

Full story here.

Rachel Love



Rachel Love
Rachel Love

A woman who stabbed a man in the head at his home in Blackburn has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison.

Rachael Love, 26, “could have killed” the man when she tried to rob him in his own house with a 20cm blade.

The victim, who was known to Love, thought she was joking when she entered her kitchen with the gun and said, “I’m going to fuck you, I’m going to stab you.” you.”

He tried to take the knife from her, but Love changed hands and stabbed him.

Full story here.

Patricia Dean



Patricia Dean
Patricia Dean

A nurse who ordered car wash workers to clean her Mercedes from blood after her son blasted a rival in the leg with a shotgun has been jailed.

Patricia Dean’s son Vincenzo De Falco shot his victim while parked in Rochdale on January 21, 2019.

A court has heard that the victim previously had a relationship with De Falco’s girlfriend, Lucy Flux, of Bacup, and that the couple had texted over the New Years period.

Dean, 59, was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of aiding an offender, at Bolton Crown Court.

Full story here.

Claire Roughley



Claire Roughley
Claire Roughley

A caregiver who stole £ 325,000 from family members, including his grandmother, to fund a gambling addiction has been jailed.

Clare Roughley exploited her mother, father, grandmother and a disabled woman she cared for by using online bank accounts to get her hands on huge sums of money to cover her addiction.

The former bank employee used her insider knowledge to “systematically, ruthlessly and without remorse extract every penny” from their accounts, a judge said.

The mother-of-two, from St Helens, took advantage of some of her relatives to secretly create online access to her mother, father and grandmother’s bank accounts so that she could withdraw money whenever she wants.

Roughley, from Newfields to St Helens, admitted four counts of theft and one count of fraud.

She was sentenced to a total of six years in prison and was subject to restraining orders designed to protect her victims.

Full story here.

Judy Chapman



Judy Chapman
Judy Chapman

A woman who provided transport for a botched car shooting that resulted in the death of student Aya Hashem was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Aya, 19, was caught in the crossfire of a plot to shoot Pasha Khan, the owner of Quickshine Tires in Blackburn on May 17 last year.

The law student, who dreamed of becoming a lawyer, was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when she was hit by a bullet on her way to a local store.

Seven men were jailed for his murder.

Judy Chapman was jailed for 15 years after being convicted of manslaughter for her role in the plot.

Full story here.

lynn patricia green

A woman who “looted” her elderly neighbor’s bank account over Christmas time was jailed for two years.

Lynn Patricia Green, 44, used the pensioner’s bank details to create an online banking profile and help herself with £ 9,170 between December 2019 and January 2020.

His neighbor, a woman of “modest means,” loved to treat her family and found herself unable to support herself because of Green’s deception.

The money was never refunded by the bank and the Greens victim will probably never see it again.

Full story here.

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