Jacqueline Rigg jailed for conning elderly widower

Jacqueline Rigg Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption Rigg's actions were described in court as "nasty"

A woman who stole more than £5,000 from an elderly widower has been sent to prison.

Jacqueline Rigg, 41, was given an 18-month jail term at Carlisle Crown Court after earlier admitting four counts of theft from the victim, aged in his 70s.

During a six-month period last year, Rigg tricked her victim into believing they were in a genuine relationship.

The court heard she plundered his savings, even taking cash he had set aside for his own funeral.

The court was told Rigg, of Bridgefoot, Workington, regularly verbally abused and intimidated her victim when he protested about what she was doing.

Judge Peter Hughes QC was told a total of £5,150 was stolen from the man, who was left having nightmares and contemplating suicide.

The court heard none of the stolen money has so far been repaid.

Sentencing Rigg, the judge said: "This was a particularly mean and nasty course of conduct."

A restraining order was imposed prohibiting her from contacting the victim, who has not been named.

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