Staffordshire mums spend Mother’s Day behind bars

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Mother’s Day is traditionally a time to celebrate with family and open cards and gifts. But some mums will not be able to see their children today as they are serving time behind bars.

These defendants have all been imprisoned over the past year for various offences. They include a killer, gambler, drug addict, and burglar.

The common denominator is that their luck ran out and they got caught. They will spend Mother’s Day under lock and key.

Stacey Doolan



Stacey Doolan

Serial offender Stacey Doolan was caught in the act of drugs during a police raid – the same day she had already been convicted in court.

Police searching the home of 35-year-old Tunstall found her in a bedroom with heroin and monkey dust concealed inside her body.

Officers also found drug paraphernalia and seized her cell phone, which contained messages that she had been trafficking them.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the raid took place just hours after she was given a community order for other offences.

The mother-of-five, from Kingsfield Crescent, Biddulph, was jailed for a total of five years in January 2020. This happened after she admitted to two separate rounds of drug dealing.

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Samantha Lear



Burglar Samantha Lear
Samantha Lear

A mother caught robbing a pensioner’s home has threatened to report him for rape if he lays a finger on her.

Samantha Lear snuck into the Abbey Hulton home of an 82-year-old neighbour.

But her movements alerted the householder who then challenged her to be in his kitchen.

After ordering him to leave the Crestbrook Road address, Lear threatened to charge him with sexual assault.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the incident happened just days after Lear entered a house in Burslem which had been left unlocked and stole an iPad, keyboard and cans of beer.

35-year-old Crestbrook Road man Abbey Hulton was jailed for four years last August after pleading guilty to two burglary charges.

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Kayley Mahood



Kayley Mahood at the time of her arrest
Kayley Mahood at the time of her arrest

A mother-of-two has been jailed for eight years after stabbing her partner to death.

Kayley Mahood was found guilty of manslaughter after the death of Oliver O’Toole at their home on July 25 last year.

After a two-week trial, a jury took just two hours to reach a unanimous verdict, convicting her of manslaughter. She was found not guilty of murder.

Mahood, 30, of Burton, was sentenced in January.

Throughout the trial, jurors had been told of the couple’s tumultuous relationship, in which Mr O’Toole would hit out at Mahood. They also heard she had stabbed and iced him before, but she claimed it was done in self-defense.

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Katie Sheldon



Katie Sheldon bombarded the couple with over 11,000 messages
Katie Sheldon bombarded the couple with over 11,000 messages

Single mother Katie Sheldon stole £45,466 from a young couple in just six months – before blasting it on online gambling sites.

The 25-year-old first asked for money to buy Christmas presents for her daughter before bombarding the couple with 11,000 messages.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that when the boyfriend asked for a nude photo of Sheldon, she sent a revealing picture of herself and threatened to accuse him of sexual harassment.

He sent her money until her savings were wiped out, the court heard.

The judge was told that the girlfriend had made two assassination attempts and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The couple had saved for a mortgage and to get married.

Sheldon was jailed for 21 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last September.

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Heather Bailey



Drug addict grandmother Heather Bailey was jailed for two years

A big-of-six who fell into drug addiction at an early age has been jailed – after helping supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Heather Bailey helped move the drugs along with three other defendants, collectively known as “The Marley Line”.

Bailey, who has 110 previous convictions, appeared alongside Omar Malik, Akaash Hasham, Akeel Saleem after their phones were linked.

A court heard their cars were stopped by police earlier this year, with wraps of drugs, phones and cash found on each one.

Bailey admitted possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of a knife.

The 58-year-old’s long history of drug addiction began when she was introduced to heroin by an ex-partner aged just 17.

She was imprisoned for two years in December.

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