Pregnant thief walks out of court with fag in hand after begging not to be jailed

A woman who carried out an armed robbery has begged a judge not to jail her so that her baby will not be born in jail.

Chantelle Riley, 32, terrified staff at a Subway in Tuebrook, Merseyside, by acting as a lookout for a knifeman.

She took part in the raid while wearing pink pyjamas during the raid on August 28 last year.

Riley, who is seven months pregnant, left court smoking a cigarette after begging a judge not to jail her when she admitted robbery.

The judge warned her that she would be going to prison sooner or later, but delayed sentencing for two weeks so she could make arrangements for the child.

Defending her Zillah Williams said: ‘She has previous convictions, mainly for shoplifting, but nothing of this magnitude before and has never before served a custodial sentence.

‘There is slightly unusual circumstances in that Miss Riley is due to give birth on June 16 – it’s just a little over two months away that she is due to give birth.’

She added: ‘She really does not want to have the baby in [HMP] Styal. Miss Riley is absolutely determined she will not have the baby with her in custody. She doesn’t want that for the baby.’

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said a mum could only keep a baby in jail for ‘a matter of weeks’, before the child would be re-homed with family or foster parents.

Riley clasped her hand to her mouth and wailed as Miss Williams explained it was planned that her mum would take care of the baby ‘as soon as it’s born’.

The barrister said her client had a son, 16, who already lived with his gran – her mum – and that Riley accepted she would be sent to jail.

Judge Flewitt agreed to delay sentencing saying: ‘If the decision is she should go immediately to prison, and that would be what normally happens, then she should go – harsh as that sounds.’

He added ‘there is no way she is not going to prison – she must know that.’

He said: ‘I’m not promising that the judge who deals with you then will adjourn further to allow you to have the baby at home.

‘There are facilities for you to have the child in prison. I know you don’t want that.’

Riley replied: ‘I just want a few weeks to get stuff ready for the baby, if I end up having it in prison, I will.’

Judge Flewitt continued: ‘I’m giving you the best part of two weeks. I suggest you get on with making whatever arrangements you have to make.