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Woman from Chelmsford jailed for stabbing pensioner who refused to give her cash

Judith Bishop has been sentenced to 12 years in prison Credit: Essex Police

A woman who stabbed a pensioner inside his own home for his wallet has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Judith Bishop, 46, of Pearl Square had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, one count of possession of a knife and one count of battery following the incident off Moulsham Chase in Chelmsford.

She was found guilty of robbery on 8 May at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The court heard how Bishop had initially knocked on the door of her victim, a man aged in his 70s, weeks before the attack on Tuesday, November 27 last year, and asked to borrow money.

The victim obliged and, over the course of the next few weeks, she reappeared several times to ask for £10 notes.

At 11pm on November 27, Bishop knocked again and, when the victim said he had no money for her, she stabbed him in the face and head several times with a knife from his own kitchen and stole his wallet.

The victim remained conscious, despite significant wounds to his nose, lips and ears, face, rear of head and was able to call 999.

This was a horrendous, unprovoked attack on a vulnerable victim. The man who was assaulted was just being a good citizen and trying to help a woman in need by providing her with food and money.

– Acting Detective Sergeant Harriet Ware of Chelmsford CID