'It is the inevitable inference from that that the defendant's daily visits to Mrs Davison were not prompted by benevolence towards the old lady but provided an opportunity to exploit her and steal her money.'I have no doubt that the defendant had been helping herself over the months to Mrs Davison's money to ease her chronic debt problem.'James was warned she will serve the full 20 year tariff, less the days she has spent in jail on remand, before she can even be considered for release.Telephone companies typically offer blocking services to allow telephone customers to prevent access to these number ranges from their telephones.In some jurisdictions, telephone companies are required by law to offer such blocking.Computer criminals have used premium-rate numbers to defraud unsuspecting Internet users.One scheme involved inducing users to download a program known as a dialer that surreptitiously dialed a premium-rate number, accumulating charges on the user's phone bill without their knowledge.He said: 'I have no doubt that this report of a burglary in August 2009 was an invention by the defendant.
James said the bald attacker, who was wearing a Sunderland football shirt, had made her light a cigarette and blow smoke onto his penis, put a wire around her neck, hit her with a lamp and stuffed a stocking in her mouth.
But after a two week trial, and almost eight hours deliberation, jurors found her guilty of murder by a majority of 11 to 1 on Wednesday at Newcastle Crown Court.
Mr Justice Openshaw added: 'The defendant maintained outrageous lies from beginning to end and told them again to the jury.' The judge said he was satisfied James had been stealing the pensioner's money and that an earlier raid at Mrs Davison's flat had been 'invented' by James.
Another now-uncommon premium-rate scam involves television programming that induces young children to dial the number, banking on the notion that they will be unaware of the charges that will be incurred.
One variant, targeted at children too young to dial a number, enticed children to hold the phone up to the television set while the DTMF tones of the number were played.