The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018

While the majority of crimes in Hull are committed by men there were several women locked up during 2018. From helping cover up a murder to cold-heartedly stealing from vulnerable people and even family members, their crimes[1] are equally shocking. Out of the near 200 people jailed in 2018, only a handful are female.

The longest sentence handed out to a woman was two years and eight months. These are the women who were jailed in 2018 and the stories behind their crimes.

January

Christine Beeston

Christine Beeston, right

Greedy and devious Christine Beeston stole nearly GBP50,000 from her dementia-suffering parents[2]. Beeston’s father, who was in his 80s, has since died, while her mother, born in October 1935, was so ill she did not know she had been “fleeced” by her daughter.

Beeston began caring for her parents when they were still at home and took control of their bank cards, pass books, and five bank accounts.

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Her offending started in early June 2012, when she began using the accounts to buy items from the online catalogue Studio Cards. She spent an initial GBP7,500 this way, while having “increasing control of her parents’ affairs”. She got power of attorney in August 2013, and in February 2014, both parents moved into the same care home.

In total, between January 26, 2012, and June 30, 2015, Beeston stole GBP47,308.91 from her parents – leaving just GBP560 from their life savings.

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018‘GREEDY AND DEVIOUS’: Christine Beeston, right, who stole nearly GBP50,000 from her elderly parents

Her crimes were uncovered by her brother, Colin Dobson, who became suspicious when he obtained joint power of attorney. When interviewed by police, Beeston told officers she believed she had “only taken what was going to come to her in due course”. She was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

February

Angela Sharp

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018‘WICKED’: Angela Sharp, who has been jailed for stealing nearly GBP5,000 from a vulnerable widow in her 90s

Wicked cleaner Angela Sharp stole nearly GBP5,000 from a vulnerable 94-year-old widow[3].

Sharp, 40, was working for Age UK East Riding when she plundered the victim’s bank account – and hundreds of pounds her son left in envelopes for her – between April and September last year. In total, Sharp stole GBP4,732.55 from the pensioner, which included a fraud of GBP3,792.55, representing 13 different transactions using the pensioner’s credit card at 11 high street stores. Watch: The city’s most dangerous criminals behind bars in December

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The victim’s son, who lived out of the area, began investigating his mother’s finances after becoming suspicious, and CCTV from the shops Sharp visited showed she had been using the card.

Sharp, who had no previous convictions, was interviewed by police and initially denied any wrongdoing. But she later admitted fraud and three counts of theft. She was jailed for nine months.

April

Sammie-joe Thomas

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018Sammie-joe Thomas and Joshua Baker

Mum-of-three Sammie-joe Thomas was jailed after she was caught smuggling tobacco and a mobile phone into prison[4] to give to her knifepoint burglar lover.

Thomas, 28, was not able see her young children for at least two months after she tried to pass the banned items onto Joshua Baker. The 20-year-old is serving a seven-year sentence for holding a knife to a man’s neck during a terrifying armed burglary in December 2017. Thomas shoved a mobile phone, a charger and tobacco down her jeans during a visit to HMP Hull[5] to see her boyfriend on February 16, 2018.

However, prison staff were keeping a close eye on her after monitoring phone calls between the pair.

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Thomas was seen on camera removing an item out from her jeans and placing it on a tray under a napkin. Baker pulled his hand from under the napkin, grabbed the item and put it into the waistband of his jogging bottoms. Immediately the staff intervened and a mobile telephone with a charger and what was thought to be tobacco was recovered.

Thomas, of Durham Street, east Hull, was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to bringing, throwing or conveying a prohibited article into a prison. Thomas held her hands to her face and wept as she was taken away by an officer.

May

Joanne Coupland

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018THIEF: Joanne Coupland

“Self-serving” thief and liar Joanne Coupland stole more than GBP42,000 from a small family business.[6] Coupland, 58, was considered a friend of Tom and Sharon Bayston, the husband and wife owners of Park Lodge Shooting Club in West Cowick, near Goole, who gave her a job at a “low point” in her life following the breakdown of her marriage.

But the receptionist repaid their generosity and trust by stealing “handfuls” of cash from the business during a 19 month period – then tried to blame Mr Bayston. A judge called her behaviour “shameful” and jailed her for 32 months.

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Coupland, of Braithwaite Lane, Doncaster, admitted two counts of theft and to fraud. Sentencing Coupland at Hull Crown Court, Recorder Darren Preston told her: “You systematically, routinely and persistently stole from your employer.

That is not only someone who considered themselves to be a friend, but someone who gave you a job when you were at a low point in your life. “You abused that trust in a very grave way, avoiding transactions and simply by taking money from customers and not ringing it through the toll.” The judge had heard a trial of issue in March 2018 to try to establish how much she had stolen.

He found in the prosecution’s favour, that it was just over GBP42,000, but accepted the true figure may never be known.

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018‘SHAMEFUL’: Joanne Coupland

Coupland had been able to abuse her position by having “almost complete control” of the till, but was caught when Mr Bayston became suspicious and installed surveillance cameras. He later branded her “evil, devious and underhand”. Just this week it has been confirmed that Coupland’s house has been sold and the victims have been refunded the GBP49,000.

This week, Detective Constable Andy White, who investigated the initial incident, said: “At Hull Crown Court on Monday Joanne Coupland appeared by video link from prison and was ordered to pay a total of GBP59,000 to her victims, GBP49,000 of that going to her former employer. “I was very pleased to be able to call the victim with the good news and tell them that they would be getting their money back.”

June

Tanya Stansfield

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018Tanya Stansfield stole GBP200 from her victim during a shocking daylight robbery

Stansfield cruelly robbed a vulnerable pensioner in broad daylight as the victim withdrew GBP200 from a Princes Avenue cashpoint. The 82-year-old victim put a brave fight[7] by grappling with the 27-year-old and biting her arm in a bid to stop her from taking her money.

But Stansfield’s strength and youth prevailed as she managed to grab the cash from the pensioner’s grasp before fleeing the scene. It is thought that she stole the money to fund a drug habit having battled an addiction to illegal substances for years.

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However, a pre-sentence report concluded that she was “not genuinely remorseful” for her crimes and Recorder Richard Woolfall took a dim view of her apparent “evasive” attitude during her meeting with the probation service. He recognised the struggles she has had to endure throughout her life but criticised her for deciding to rob an elderly lady.

Stansfield, of Newstead Street, off Chanterlands Avenue in west Hull, was jailed for 12 months.

October

Joanne Moss

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018‘MEAN’ THIEF: Grandmother Joanne Moss, who deliberately targeted vulnerable people to get money for drugs

Grandmother Joanne Moss preyed on mentally ill people to get money for drugs[8] and forced one woman to hand over just 83p. When another victim tried to resist Moss, whose life has been ruined by class A drugs, threatened to report him for rape. Moss, 52, deliberately targeted both of her victims on New Year’s Day because she knew they were vulnerable and lived at Ash Lodge, a residential care home for adults with mental health difficulties, in Beverley Road.[9]

Hull Crown Court heard how Moss grabbed her first victim by the arm and led her across the road when she targeted her near Tesco Express in Beverley Road. She took her into the store and followed her around before packing her shopping.

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Moss told the woman she wanted 50p, and was given it. Then Moss said she wanted GBP1 and tried to grab the woman’s purse.

The woman shouted at Moss, who ran away. Moss’s next victim was a man in his 30s, who had a physical disability as well as learning difficulties. She targeted him in the same shop.

He had been given GBP20 and left Tesco with GBP15 in his hand, which Moss grabbed after asking him for money. The man said he wanted the money back, but Moss “responded by telling him she would report him to the police for rape if he continued to ask for the money back”. Moss eventually did give the money back, but was arrested by police and admitted two counts of theft.

She was jailed for a year with the judge telling her “you still haven’t learnt”. Bethany Hilton

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018VIOLENT MUM: Bethany Hilton, who has been jailed for attacking another parent near a primary school

A young mum spent two weeks in hospital after being the victim of a “frenzied, merciless” attack by Bethany Hilton[10] during the school run. Hilton also verbally abused her victim, calling her a “sket” and a “tramp”.

There had been a background of “mucky looks” between both parents as they took their daughters to and from Collingwood Primary School. Two days before the incident, after the 23-year-old victim dropped her daughter off at the west Hull school, Hilton approached her and asked: “What are you staring at?” The woman said there was not a problem, but Hilton said: “Well, you are if you keep staring at me.” Then at 8.50am on June 21, after again dropping her daughter off at school, Hilton, who was accompanied by a man, crossed the road to confront the woman again.

Hilton then challenged the woman to a fight but the woman was reluctant. Hilton, 24, punched her in the face and the woman tried to punch her back but missed. The attack continued while she was on the ground with further punches and kicks to her face.

The woman was taken to hospital by ambulance and was found to have a broken left eye socket. She was unable to open that eye, which was “noted to be weeping with blood”. She also had bruising and swelling to the face and “particularly her nose”, with other bruising to the body.

At a further hospital visit on July 6 it was noted she had restricted eye movement. She underwent surgery under general anaesthetic on July 13 but was not discharged until July 27. Hilton was jailed for 18 months.

December

Janina Milieskiene

The stories of eight evil women jailed in Hull in 2018Janina Milieskiene

Mantas Pundzius killed his mum Janina Milieskiene’s partner after she was allegedly threatened with a knife.

Pundzius, 24, received a call from Milieskiene, 42, in the early hours of June 13. Pundzius went round to the house and brutally attacked Rolandas Poskus as he slept in his bed. He then collected the victim’s car, bringing it to the house, before heading back inside to finish off the job, throwing Poskus down the stairs to continue the attack.

Poskus suffered 27 fractures to his ribs, with the broken bones piercing his lungs. He also suffered internal injuries to one of his kidneys and his brain, as well as gashes to his head and face.

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Milieskiene extensively cleaned the “house of horrors” where the grim discovery was made – hiding the despicable crime her son had committed. She told people Mr Poskus had moved to London, while knowing full well he was dead.

Milieskiene was charged with assisting an offender and was arrested three weeks after the murder. Pundzius was given a life sentence with a minimum of 19 years in prison while Milieskiene was locked up for two-and-a-half years[11] for covering her son’s murderous tracks.

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References

  1. ^ their crimes (www.hull-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ stole nearly GBP50,000 from her dementia-suffering parents (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ stole nearly GBP5,000 from a vulnerable 94-year-old widow (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ she was caught smuggling tobacco and a mobile phone into prison (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  5. ^ HMP Hull (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  6. ^ stole more than GBP42,000 from a small family business. (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  7. ^ The 82-year-old victim put a brave fight (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  8. ^ preyed on mentally ill people to get money for drugs (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  9. ^ Beverley Road. (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  10. ^ being the victim of a “frenzied, merciless” attack by Bethany Hilton (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  11. ^ Pundzius was given a life sentence with a minimum of 19 years in prison while Milieskiene was locked up for two-and-a-half years (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
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