Teenager Shannon Davenport pretended to be a policewoman in order to steal from an autistic man she met at a train station. She took Ed Ho's ATM card, asked him to give her his PIN, and tried to use it 92 times, eventually stealing £556.69 pounds from him.
Prosector Richard Elliot explained how the scam began:
'He was spoken to by Miss Davenport,' he said. 'She told him she was a member of rail staff [for the British Transport Police] and she was able to use her pass to get half-price first class tickets for his journey,' said Mr Elliott.
'He declined. She then said because he had wasted her time a fine had been imposed of £20 pounds. He paid her the £20 pounds.'
According to the prosecution she continued to trick him and told him she required a further £20 and would need to take his card for forensic examination because of an alleged railway scam.
Although the judge said Davenport was guilty of "mean offences with deliberate targeting", he gave her a suspended sentence of six months and ordered her to do 120 hours of community service.