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Woman jailed for targeting disabled victims in burglaries

Credit: Liverpool Echo Syndication

A young mother has been jailed for robbing and burgling disabled victims.

Luminata Dumitru, 20, had recently left Romania for the UK with her one-year-old daughter to join her boyfriend and mother-in-law in Aintree, Liverpool.

Liverpool Crown Court heard on Thursday that Dumitru turned to crime to support her family after her relationship broke down.

CCTV footage showed her mugging a deaf man at an ATM in Liverpool city centre and raiding sheltered housing in Knotty Ash.

Dumitru admitted robbery and two counts of burglary.

CCTV footage of Luminata Dumitru Credit: Liverpool Echo Syndication

Andrew McInnes, defending, said Dumitru had been in the country for around three months.

He said she came to the UK with her mother-in-law to join her boyfriend but "that partner is no longer around".

Mr McInnes said:

They effectively came to a position where they had no money for rent or to support themselves. It is as a consequence of that, that this defendant has drifted into crime.

– Andrew McInnes

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, described the crimes as "very unpleasant" and "mean".

He said:

They were committed by you as part of a quite deliberate plan to steal what you could from whoever and wherever you could find a victim.

– Judge Andrew Menary, QC

Dumitru sobbed in the dock as Judge Menary sentenced her to three years in a young offenders institution.