Daughter helps sending father to prison after seeing him in video of burglary on Facebook
Cora Patterson from Bolton came across a video that asked the viewers for help in identifying the two people who burgled a house in which jewellery and a swimming medal went missing, according to the Independent.
Patterson immediately recognised the two people in the video to be her father Colin and his sister Janine. “I’ll tell you the f*****g names, Colin Patterson and Janine Patterson, absolutely ashamed to call them my dad and auntie,” she wrote. She later contacted the police, leading to the arrest of the pair. The man was sentenced to four years in prison, while the woman to 30 months.
In an interview with the Sun, Cora Patterson talked about finding out she was pregnant in February and her dad being “over the moon”, as his first grandchild meant “a fresh start for him”. “Less than a month later, I spotted him on CCTV burgling a family home,” she said. “I felt so angry and ashamed and I posted their names and details on Facebook. I was devastated and I felt so bad for the people whose home he had burgled. I felt at rock bottom. Putting my own father in prison was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was the right thing to do.”
After the arrest, Colin Patterson texted his daughter telling her not to feel “guilty”. “Thanks, Cora but I still love u n don’t feel guilty at the end of it all u wont see me agen now but ill always love u n pls don’t feel guilty just keep this text right bye cora x,” the text wrote. Before this, the man was in and out of prison all throughout his daughter’s childhood.
Judge Timothy Stead said: “It does take some serious courage to do that. As far as I’m concerned, she [Cora Patterson] should be commended.”