‘Callous’ thief befriended vulnerable woman, then stole and crashed her car

PUBLISHED: 12:55 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:17 18 October 2018

Terrance Grant-Hanlon told police he 'blacked out' during the incident, which happened on Western Road in Gorleston (Picture: Google)

Terrance Grant-Hanlon told police he 'blacked out' during the incident, which happened on Western Road in Gorleston (Picture: Google)


A vulnerable woman has been left “completely destroyed” after a car thief befriended her before stealing and crashing her car.

Terrance Grant-Hanlon, of Da Volls Court, Gorleston, met the woman, who suffers from a debilitating condition, when she needed someone to walk her dogs, but stole her Mini Countryman and crashed it into two cars on July 19.

The 23-year-old told police he “blacked out” in the incident, which happened on Western Road, Gorleston.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court, the woman said she had been left feeling “humiliated, scared and worthless.”

She said: “I have been destroyed by his callous actions. There are no words to describe how it has affected me.

“I have travelled the world and ran my own successful business, but four years ago my life changed when I was diagnosed with a debilitating condition and I have to rely on others every day to help me.

“This has had a devastating impact on me because there are strangers in my house every day to care for me and I cannot trust anyone.

“He befriended me and won my trust. I felt sorry for him and wanted to help, but he was using my vulnerability to his own advantage.”

Grant-Hanlon crashed into a VW Golf, which has not been repaired, and a Peugeot 206, which is believed to have been written off in the crash.

Appearing at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, Grant-Hanlon pleaded guilty to drink driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence or insurance, and failing to stop after an accident.

When breathalysed, he measured 42 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Calvin Saker, defending, said: “He is ashamed of his actions.

“He does have significant mental health problems and suffers from anxiety and depression. He is trying and he wants to get his life back on track.”

Magistrates handed Grant-Hanlon an 18 month community order involving 200 hours of unpaid work, a six month alcohol treatment requirement and a 20 day rehabilitation requirement.

He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months, banned from contacting the victim, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85.

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