May 23 2013 Latest news:
Kate Nelson, Acting News Editor
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Mottingham mother Nicola Lewington who pleaded guilty to child neglect after leaving her two-year-old daughter at home to go out during August’s disorder is due to be sentenced on Thursday.
The toddler was discovered by her grandmother the next day alone at the top of the stairs with a soiled nappy, cold and ‘crying for her mother’- who was in custody at a police station.
The 24-year-old of Albert Road in Mottingham, was arrested on August 9 2011 after being found with electrical goods looted from Brighthouse electrical store in Orpington.
CCTV pictures had shown five people from a car enter the shop before piling them behind the parked vehicle.
Lewington and four others were later charged with burglary. Two pleaded guilty but Lewington and two others were found not guilty.
She claims she left her daughter Tiyana with a friend called Becky but she has never materialised and Ms Lewington does not know her surname or where she lives.
She had been due to be sentenced at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on February 27 but Deputy District Judge Campbell adjourned until Thursday (19) at the same court to determine whether Becky exists before he can decide how serious the neglect was.