Former cocaine addict stole more than £1,000 from godmother after being entrusted with her bank card, court hears (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Former cocaine addict stole more than £1,000 from godmother after being entrusted with her bank card, court hears
6:53pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A FORMER cocaine addict stole more than £1,000 from her godmother who entrusted her with her bank card after she couldn’t afford to pay for her electricity, a court heard.
Kayleigh Watson stole £1,693 from her godmother who lived next-door to her on Thompson Street West, in Darlington, after being given her card and pin number to pay for her electricity, the town’s magistrates’ court heard.
Prosecutor Chris Bunting said the 25-year-old was allowed to take between £10 and £20 on specific days.
However, between May 31 and June 17 this year, Watson, who has recently kicked a three-year cocaine addiction, began to take more money without her godmother knowing.
Jonathan Harley, mitigating, told the court: “This particular incident, especially the fact that she reduced to stealing from her own godmother, really was a wake-up call for her.”
Watson, who has no previous convictions, admitted theft from another person and the case was stood down briefly to allow the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report on Watson.
She was given a 12-month community order with 12 months' supervision and was ordered to complete 120 hours' unpaid work. She will also repay the full amount back to her godmother at a rate of £5 per week.
Sentencing Watson, judge Adrian Lower said: “This was a very mean offence. The fact that your own godmother does not want to speak to you perhaps tells me all I need to know about just how thoroughly disappointed she must be.”
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