Woman stole £40 from boy at cash point, court hears

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A WOMAN robbed a 12-year-old boy of £40 cash after he was sent by his mother to withdraw money from a cash point, a jury has been told.

Sharon Gill is said to have barged the youth over as he used the cash point outside a post office in Birchington Avenue, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, before making off with the money.

Ms Gill, 40, of Martindale Road, Grangetown, denies the robbery, on August 21 last year.

Prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, Michael Bosomworth said the youth had been with his older brother and the family dog when the incident happened.

"As they got to the cashpoint there were two females there," he said.

"At the point the cash was dispensed she [the defendant] barged him in the shoulder, knocking him out of the way."

The defendant was then said to have taken the money, saying "Ta" as she did so to the 12 year-old.

On her arrest Ms Gill said she had fallen out with the complainant's family and there had been "bad blood".

She said the account had been made up and claimed to have been in bed at the time of the robbery.

However Mr Bosomworth said her account had changed subsequently and she would now be telling the court that although she was present at the scene, it was another woman with her who committed the crime.

The trial continues.

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