Axminster woman admits burglary charges

PUBLISHED: 10:37 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 09 January 2018

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 9420-31-11AW

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 9420-31-11AW

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Judge remands the 40-year-old remanded in custody pending psychiatric reports

An Axminster woman has admitted taking part in burglaries at four homes in East Devon.

Shelly Branson, aged 40, pleaded guilty to two attempted burglaries and two burglaries when she appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

She also admitted three cases of fraud, which arose from the use of bank or credit cards stolen during the raids.

The break-ins took place West End, Uplyme, on May 5, Willey Lane, Axminster, on August 1, Albert Terrace, Axminster, on August 13, and Elm Lodge, Kilmington, on August 14.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned sentence for two months and ordered a psychiatric report. He remanded Branson in custody.

Emily Pitts, defending, said there was a complicated background to the offending which had led to an investigation by the National Crime Agency into whether Branson was a victim of modern slavery.

She said the Agency had decided that she was not, but there was still evidence that she had been exploited because of her mental health issues.

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