"Despicable" woman stole from her own family at a wake in Southend

Echo: "Despicable" woman stole from her own family at a wake "Despicable" woman stole from her own family at a wake

A “MEAN and despicable” con-woman who stole from her family during a wake has been jailed.

Callous Michelle Roberts, 45, was sentenced to six months in prison after going on a £270 shopping spree in Asda for stealing bank cards, cash and vouchers from her nearest and dearest as they were mourning the loss of her uncle Fred Rousell.

Roberts, who had previously pretended her son had cancer in a bid to collect cash, stole again at the wake of her uncle in Warrior Square, Southend, on December 19, 2011.

Basildon Crown Court heard yesterday that she attended the wake alongside 70 family and friends even though some hadn’t heard from her in 25 years.

She even told her widowed aunty Mary Rousell that she was battling cancer and collecting cash for charity before stealing cash, cards and vouchers from handbags, which had been left by mourners in the kitchen.

Roberts, of Bracondale Road, in south east London, had pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and three of fraud at a previous hearing.

The court was told that as well as the Asda shop, Roberts stole John Lewis vouchers worth £300, £80 cash and used the stolen bank cards to also buy CDs worth a total of £134.21 from CDwow.com Jamas Hodivala, prosecuting, said the incident had ripped the family apart.

He said: “For the last two years Mrs Rousell feels unable to put her husband to rest because of the incident that occurred. Obviously the incident caused her great upset and distress and because Mrs Rousell’s family were previously very close, she feels the family relationship has been broken as a result.”

The court heard even those closest to her, including Sharon Spence, whom Roberts was a bridesmaid for, had turned their back on Roberts in disgust.

Steven Fitzpatrick, mitigating, tried to convince Judge Jonathan Black to issue Roberts with a suspended sentence because she suffered depression and anxiety. He also tried to claim the media spotlight put on Roberts during the case had but her under considerable strain.

However, Judge Black ignored psychiatric reports claiming they, “make it quite clear that your manipulative behaviour has been extended to those people who wrote the report”.

Sentencing her to six months in prison for each of the offences, to run concurrently, he said: “Not surprisingly those affected by your crime describe themselves in terms reflecting the upset that they must have felt.

Echo: Leaving court - Michelle Roberts covers her face

“I deal with these offences in detail because they fully reflect the mean and despicable way you committed the offences.

“You used time of great grief of Mr Rousell’s family to steal from vulnerable family and friends.”

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6:38pm Mon 30 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

....meanwhile Lord Hanningfield walks away with £50k.
....meanwhile Lord Hanningfield walks away with £50k. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 20

7:02pm Mon 30 Jun 14

John Right says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
....meanwhile Lord Hanningfield walks away with £50k.
Ah but not stolen misappropriated and not from the dead.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: ....meanwhile Lord Hanningfield walks away with £50k.[/p][/quote]Ah but not stolen misappropriated and not from the dead. John Right
  • Score: 11

7:13pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Fab man says...

Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.
Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk. Fab man
  • Score: 35

7:21pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Minceir. says...

Fab man wrote:
Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.
I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me). Mind you, you'd need to be a dedicated fetishist to go anywhere near that lady.
[quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.[/p][/quote]I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me). Mind you, you'd need to be a dedicated fetishist to go anywhere near that lady. Minceir.
  • Score: 9

8:22pm Mon 30 Jun 14

chapchap87 says...

Why are people leaving handbags in the kitchen?
Why are people leaving handbags in the kitchen? chapchap87
  • Score: -15

10:07pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

Fab man wrote:
Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.
wouldn't want her giving me a bed bath, she might steal the crown jewel's.
[quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.[/p][/quote]wouldn't want her giving me a bed bath, she might steal the crown jewel's. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 9

12:35am Tue 1 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

Minceir. wrote:
Fab man wrote:
Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.
I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me). Mind you, you'd need to be a dedicated fetishist to go anywhere near that lady.
"I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me)"

As what you claim is a bare-faced lie it would suggest you got your information else where, or perhaps from personal experience...The latter is probably the case.

Rather than denigrating her because of her lack of looks, dress sense or sexual allure perhaps you can keep your mind on the meanness of her crime..after all she is from your community.
[quote][p][bold]Minceir.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.[/p][/quote]I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me). Mind you, you'd need to be a dedicated fetishist to go anywhere near that lady.[/p][/quote]"I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me)" As what you claim is a bare-faced lie it would suggest you got your information else where, or perhaps from personal experience...The latter is probably the case. Rather than denigrating her because of her lack of looks, dress sense or sexual allure perhaps you can keep your mind on the meanness of her crime..after all she is from your community. ThisYear
  • Score: -5

8:48am Tue 1 Jul 14

SLord90 says...

Scum. No more to it.
Scum. No more to it. SLord90
  • Score: 14

9:55am Tue 1 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
Minceir. wrote:
Fab man wrote:
Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.
I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me). Mind you, you'd need to be a dedicated fetishist to go anywhere near that lady.
"I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me)"

As what you claim is a bare-faced lie it would suggest you got your information else where, or perhaps from personal experience...The latter is probably the case.

Rather than denigrating her because of her lack of looks, dress sense or sexual allure perhaps you can keep your mind on the meanness of her crime..after all she is from your community.
Oh dear.. raw nerve eh?

Oh and which "community" are we referring to, as you consider yourself the fount of all knowledge.

Who are you to decide which "community" somebody is from? Are you a racist? Sounds rather like pigeonholing to me.

Tell me, have you ever looked up the word "hypocrite" in the dictionary?

And when it comes to criticising people on looks etc, you've done a fair bit of slagging me off even though we (thank God) have never met and you have no idea what I look like now.

Once again Norris, I am bestowing upon you Pot and Kettle of the Month award.

Now, isn't it time you washed those nets (talking of fetishes). They're looking a little dog eared and grubby lately. I mean, all these hours of daylight for you to watch and criticise your neighbours. You only come on here for a little light relief and to be entertained by me. ;P
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Minceir.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.[/p][/quote]I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me). Mind you, you'd need to be a dedicated fetishist to go anywhere near that lady.[/p][/quote]"I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me)" As what you claim is a bare-faced lie it would suggest you got your information else where, or perhaps from personal experience...The latter is probably the case. Rather than denigrating her because of her lack of looks, dress sense or sexual allure perhaps you can keep your mind on the meanness of her crime..after all she is from your community.[/p][/quote]Oh dear.. raw nerve eh? Oh and which "community" are we referring to, as you consider yourself the fount of all knowledge. Who are you to decide which "community" somebody is from? Are you a racist? Sounds rather like pigeonholing to me. Tell me, have you ever looked up the word "hypocrite" in the dictionary? And when it comes to criticising people on looks etc, you've done a fair bit of slagging me off even though we (thank God) have never met and you have no idea what I look like now. Once again Norris, I am bestowing upon you Pot and Kettle of the Month award. Now, isn't it time you washed those nets (talking of fetishes). They're looking a little dog eared and grubby lately. I mean, all these hours of daylight for you to watch and criticise your neighbours. You only come on here for a little light relief and to be entertained by me. ;P Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

9:57am Tue 1 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

What a lowlife. For once a sensible judge.
What a lowlife. For once a sensible judge. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

10:17am Tue 1 Jul 14

I-say-you-say says...

FINALLY!!! Someone in power ignoring the pleas of "depression" and "anxiety" etc.

I'm sick and tired of criminals constantly using this as an excuse for their crimes.

I actually suffer from depression and anxiety and have done for some 13 years and yet I have managed to live a crime free life as do many others I know that actually really do suffer.

Well done that Judge!
FINALLY!!! Someone in power ignoring the pleas of "depression" and "anxiety" etc. I'm sick and tired of criminals constantly using this as an excuse for their crimes. I actually suffer from depression and anxiety and have done for some 13 years and yet I have managed to live a crime free life as do many others I know that actually really do suffer. Well done that Judge! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 19

11:35am Tue 1 Jul 14

pendulum says...

"However, Judge Black ignored psychiatric reports" - good on you judge.
"However, Judge Black ignored psychiatric reports" - good on you judge. pendulum
  • Score: 15

11:52am Tue 1 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
Minceir. wrote:
Fab man wrote:
Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.
I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me). Mind you, you'd need to be a dedicated fetishist to go anywhere near that lady.
"I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me)"

As what you claim is a bare-faced lie it would suggest you got your information else where, or perhaps from personal experience...The latter is probably the case.

Rather than denigrating her because of her lack of looks, dress sense or sexual allure perhaps you can keep your mind on the meanness of her crime..after all she is from your community.
Oh dear.. raw nerve eh?

Oh and which "community" are we referring to, as you consider yourself the fount of all knowledge.

Who are you to decide which "community" somebody is from? Are you a racist? Sounds rather like pigeonholing to me.

Tell me, have you ever looked up the word "hypocrite" in the dictionary?

And when it comes to criticising people on looks etc, you've done a fair bit of slagging me off even though we (thank God) have never met and you have no idea what I look like now.

Once again Norris, I am bestowing upon you Pot and Kettle of the Month award.

Now, isn't it time you washed those nets (talking of fetishes). They're looking a little dog eared and grubby lately. I mean, all these hours of daylight for you to watch and criticise your neighbours. You only come on here for a little light relief and to be entertained by me. ;P
'raw nerve'

What you think I fancy the woman?

Good lord...you will be thinking you are desirable as well then..eek!

You dont feel the poster delving in to his own interest in fetishes via the article is an issue to comment on?

Perhaps you share them?

The community I refer to is the wider community than the one the fetish poster often denigrates...try to keep a little information in your head other than future council meeting dates.

You feel coming to a personal conclusion (rightly or wrongly) that a person is from a certain community is racism?

Isn't that 'lefty' thinking..PC race card waving?

Would coming to the conclusion a person is from a certain gender be sexism?

By your thinking it would...Do you not sure that you are what you daily accuse others of being.

I looked up hypocrite and deranged and woe and behold there was a picture of you (spilling out of a dress two sizes too small for you)

"what I look like now"

I can understand you wanting to disguise yourself...perhaps from future employers..but a leaky toilet painted with a fresh coat of paint is still a leaky toilet..your personality cannot be changed so easily (as your posts show)

As for entertainment...I have heard it said that the councillors at many of the meetings you attend have a great laugh at your expense..and not just the ones that cant stand you but the ones who smile and chat to you...after all they are colleagues while you are just a 'wannabe' colleague as you were described to me by one of those mentioned.

You give them all a good laugh....lol
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Minceir.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.[/p][/quote]I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me). Mind you, you'd need to be a dedicated fetishist to go anywhere near that lady.[/p][/quote]"I have a feeling her garb and accessories are the sort of thing you get from a fancy dress shop or fetish emporium (that's only what ThisYear told me)" As what you claim is a bare-faced lie it would suggest you got your information else where, or perhaps from personal experience...The latter is probably the case. Rather than denigrating her because of her lack of looks, dress sense or sexual allure perhaps you can keep your mind on the meanness of her crime..after all she is from your community.[/p][/quote]Oh dear.. raw nerve eh? Oh and which "community" are we referring to, as you consider yourself the fount of all knowledge. Who are you to decide which "community" somebody is from? Are you a racist? Sounds rather like pigeonholing to me. Tell me, have you ever looked up the word "hypocrite" in the dictionary? And when it comes to criticising people on looks etc, you've done a fair bit of slagging me off even though we (thank God) have never met and you have no idea what I look like now. Once again Norris, I am bestowing upon you Pot and Kettle of the Month award. Now, isn't it time you washed those nets (talking of fetishes). They're looking a little dog eared and grubby lately. I mean, all these hours of daylight for you to watch and criticise your neighbours. You only come on here for a little light relief and to be entertained by me. ;P[/p][/quote]'raw nerve' What you think I fancy the woman? Good lord...you will be thinking you are desirable as well then..eek! You dont feel the poster delving in to his own interest in fetishes via the article is an issue to comment on? Perhaps you share them? The community I refer to is the wider community than the one the fetish poster often denigrates...try to keep a little information in your head other than future council meeting dates. You feel coming to a personal conclusion (rightly or wrongly) that a person is from a certain community is racism? Isn't that 'lefty' thinking..PC race card waving? Would coming to the conclusion a person is from a certain gender be sexism? By your thinking it would...Do you not sure that you are what you daily accuse others of being. I looked up hypocrite and deranged and woe and behold there was a picture of you (spilling out of a dress two sizes too small for you) "what I look like now" I can understand you wanting to disguise yourself...perhaps from future employers..but a leaky toilet painted with a fresh coat of paint is still a leaky toilet..your personality cannot be changed so easily (as your posts show) As for entertainment...I have heard it said that the councillors at many of the meetings you attend have a great laugh at your expense..and not just the ones that cant stand you but the ones who smile and chat to you...after all they are colleagues while you are just a 'wannabe' colleague as you were described to me by one of those mentioned. You give them all a good laugh....lol ThisYear
  • Score: 4

4:21pm Tue 1 Jul 14

runwellian says...

Fab man wrote:
Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.
She may only be a health care assistant, but they are paid to 'care' this vile woman cared only about her self!

If she was sant to prison ... how come the picture shows her leaving court?
[quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: Assuming Michelle Roberts is actually a nurse as the picture suggests makes this even worse as she would have been around familes who are suffering with cancer. This scumbag is really one of the lowest forms of life along with Saville and his ilk.[/p][/quote]She may only be a health care assistant, but they are paid to 'care' this vile woman cared only about her self! If she was sant to prison ... how come the picture shows her leaving court? runwellian
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Tue 1 Jul 14

_Lotus_ says...

chapchap87 wrote:
Why are people leaving handbags in the kitchen?
Well most likely because they would not consider anybody at a wake would stoop so low I guess.
[quote][p][bold]chapchap87[/bold] wrote: Why are people leaving handbags in the kitchen?[/p][/quote]Well most likely because they would not consider anybody at a wake would stoop so low I guess. _Lotus_
  • Score: 3

9:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Prolific Thief says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What a lowlife. For once a sensible judge.
How can you justify taking away someones freedom? This woman just went through a bad time probably and needed a way to deal with the stress. A community order or a police caution would of been the more sensible outcome.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What a lowlife. For once a sensible judge.[/p][/quote]How can you justify taking away someones freedom? This woman just went through a bad time probably and needed a way to deal with the stress. A community order or a police caution would of been the more sensible outcome. Prolific Thief
  • Score: -12

9:09am Wed 2 Jul 14

_Lotus_ says...

Prolific Thief wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
What a lowlife. For once a sensible judge.
How can you justify taking away someones freedom? This woman just went through a bad time probably and needed a way to deal with the stress. A community order or a police caution would of been the more sensible outcome.
Not for the bloody poor victims it wouldn't have!!

It wasn't just the dirty scumbag thieving that is the issue, it is also breach of trust and come to that, is anybody sure she is even part of the family???
[quote][p][bold]Prolific Thief[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What a lowlife. For once a sensible judge.[/p][/quote]How can you justify taking away someones freedom? This woman just went through a bad time probably and needed a way to deal with the stress. A community order or a police caution would of been the more sensible outcome.[/p][/quote]Not for the bloody poor victims it wouldn't have!! It wasn't just the dirty scumbag thieving that is the issue, it is also breach of trust and come to that, is anybody sure she is even part of the family??? _Lotus_
  • Score: 6
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