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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Barrow thief's curfew to be suspended for Egypt break

A BARROW woman who stole from her own grandmother asked for her curfew to be suspended so she could take a holiday in Egypt.

Jessica Mays, 25, of Westmorland Street, Barrow, paid £200 into her bank account by signing a cheque in her grandmother’s name.

She pleaded guilty to fraud and theft when she appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Mays had gone to live with her grandmother, Janet Robinson, in January 2013 after splitting up with her partner.

Mrs Robinson later discovered that two blank cheques were missing from her chequebook.

Ms Adrienne Harris, prosecuting, said: “After a few weeks of her living in the house, Mrs Robinson began to suspect things were going missing.

“Mrs Robinson also began to suspect the defendant had tried to make her think she was going mad.”

Ms Harris said after moving out, Mays had borrowed Mrs Robinson’s laptop and failed to return it.

At one point, Mays responded to a text message asking for the laptop back by saying “contact my solicitors”.

When asked in interview to describe her relationship with her grandmother, Mays said she was “horrible”, “spiteful” and “nasty”.

Ms Karen Templeton, defending, said Mays had fallen on hard times after being made “effectively homeless” following the split with her boyfriend.

The court heard that Mays had originally taken the laptop in order to have it repaired and had later offered Mrs Robinson a replacement.

Ms Templeton added that Mays, who appeared in court on crutches, was unfit for unpaid work after
being hit by a car over the Christmas period.

She said a curfew would be the preferred sentencing option, but asked that it not interfere with May’s planned holiday to Egypt, which her new partner had already paid for.

Mays was ordered to pay £200 in compensation to her grandmother in addition to £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge. She was also given an immediate 12-week curfew between 7pm to 7am.

Mrs Sue Needham, the presiding magistrate, ruled that the curfew would be suspended for three weeks in March to her allow Mays to go to Egypt.

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Absolutely despicable why an should this woman be allowed three weeks off her curfew there is no justice at all here

Posted by Jim on 19 January 2014 at 03:52

Everything that is wrong with society encapsulated in one story!

Posted by rus on 15 January 2014 at 23:54

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