Sneaky Sunderland woman lured elderly Good Samaritan into terrifying robbery trap

A devious woman lured a retired Good Samaritan into a terrifying robbery trap.

Samantha Doran approached the elderly man as he made his way home from a night out and gave him a sob story about being hungry and asked for money.

A court heard she took advantage of his good nature and led him to a secluded area where he was robbed at knife point by an accomplice.

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Now Doran, who pleaded guilty to robbery on the basis she didn’t know her accomplice was armed, has been jailed for robbery.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the offence happened in Sunderland city centre on August 13, 2019 shortly before 9pm.

The victim, who had been for a drink with friends, was making his way to a bus stop when he was approached by Doran.

Liam O’Brien, prosecuting, said: “She was friendly to him and struck up a conversation and explained she was hungry and asked to loan some money from him.

“The defendant took advantage of his good nature.

“After she lured him away from the bus stop she and he were approached by an unknown third party who began shouting at the defendant. She told the victim it was her ex boyfriend.

“He was concerned about what would happen to the defendant and asked if the man would hurt her. She said he might and out of concern, the victim remained with her as they walked along.”

The man then reappeared, pulled a knife from his sock and held it to the retired man’s throat.

Mr O’Brien said: “He demanded he empty his pockets and threatened he would cut him up if he failed to comply.

“The defendant ran away at that stage.

“The victim, understandably, was absolutely terrified. He thought he was about to be stabbed.”

He handed over his £800 mobile phone and his wallet, which contained £100 cash, a bank card, benefits card and driving licence.

The court heard Doran must have met up with the man – who has never been identified – as she was later found in possession of the stolen phone when she was arrested.

The victim said he found the robbery upsetting and scary.

Doran, who has 17 previous convictions, including thefts, assault and racially aggravated common assault, admitted robbery and was jailed for 31 months.

Barry Robson, defending, said: “She was terrified herself when the knife was pulled out and she ran away.

“She had difficulties with drugs at the time. She has weaned herself off crack cocaine.

“She fell in with the wrong crowd.”

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Chronicle Live – Sunderland