Woman suffocated her nan with pillow to splurge £3.5k on Amazon and Uber Eats

A woman suffocated her own grandmother with a pillow in order to steal her credit card and splurge £3,500 on Amazon, Uber Eats and Netflix, a court heard.

Grace Smith, 20, attacked her 73-year-old nan, Mary Smith, in July last year and “suffocated her into submission”.

She stole thousands from her as part of a campaign of theft and fraud against numerous members of her family, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Grace, from Liverpool, began stealing from her nan in February 2019, using her credit card details to place more than £500 in food orders.

She then went further just over a year later, using details of a different card to make just under £3,500 worth of orders on Amazon, Uber Eats and Netflix.

Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, said Smith also stole an onyx ring from her mother, Deborah Smith, and tried to pawn it for a fraction of its value, though police managed to recover it.

A restraining order was made at the end of 2020 to stop her from contacting both her mum and grandmother.

However, she began to ignore the order and started harassing her grandmother once again last July.

She asked her for money on three separate dates in July, at one point following her to her home and pestering her until her nan gave her cash.

Then, on July 14, she put a note through her grandmother’s door at around 9:30pm asking for money.

Around 20 minutes later she came back and managed to get into the house through a window.

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As Mary came out of her bedroom she saw her granddaughter running up the stairs.

Grace then started demanding her card and, when her grandmother refused, she scratched her and pulled her by the hair.

Mr Hopkins said: “She then took a pillow from her grandmother’s bed and put it over her face.”

Her grandmother handed over the card and Smith escaped downstairs and managed to spend £200 before it was possible to cancel it.

Mary made limited statements to the court but Mr Hopkins said it was clear that the effect of the incident and ensuing prosecution on her had been “completely devastating”.

Carmel Wilde, defending, said Grace had been in an abusive relationship in the past and spent significant periods in care, leaving her with an undiagnosed psychological condition.

She said: "These points of mitigation are not an excuse for her behaviour, but it does go some way to try to explain and put these events in context."

Ms Wilde said the culprit "is willing to change" and was making good progress with rehabilitation work in custody.

Jailing the 20-year-old, Judge David Potter said he realised her time in care and being the victim of domestic violence would have had a profound effect on her.

He said: "I fully accept that your short life has itself been full of trauma.

"You spent a significant period of your life in care. Whilst in care you met and started a relationship with another care leaver who, I am satisfied, subjected you to violence and coercive behaviour."

However, he said the slew of crimes she committed, particularly the robbery on her grandmother, meant her sentence would be lengthy.

Addressing her use of a pillow, Judge Potter said: “You effectively suffocated her into submission.”

She was sentenced to six years and two months in custody for a range of offences including robbery, theft, fraud and numerous breaches of a restraining order.

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