A 24-year-old woman already in prison for fraud charges had 10 months added to her sentence on a charge of demanding with menaces.
Shannon Caroline Hammond is currently serving a three year nine months’ sentence.
In the Christchurch District Court, Judge Raoul Neave said Hammond followed the victim home, but stayed in the car while her co-offender allegedly told the woman that they had followed her to tell her she had left her handbag on the roof of the car. She asked for $20 for letting her know, but the woman refused, and was then asked to hand over her bag.
Judge Neave said it was serious offending, that the woman was confronted in a terrifying way, and money was demanded from her.
The victim impact statement said the woman was terrified, but there were no lasting effects, he said.
Hammond had a bad history of dishonesty offending, and this incident happened while she was on bail.
Her pre-sentence report said she was motivated to address her issues, and Judge Neave said she now had time to grow up.