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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Barrow dad accused his daughter of theft

A YOUNG woman ended up in court when her dad accused her of stealing his money to top up her mobile phone.

But Chloe Louise Morgan, of Elm Mews in Barrow, was acquitted of seven counts of fraud by false representation when she appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 21-year-old was cleared of all the charges, to which she pleaded not guilty, after evidence given by her father John Morgan was heard.

Mr Morgan had alleged his daughter had committed seven counts of fraud against him between June 10 and 29 last year, each amounting to £10, which was used for topping up her mobile phone.

Prosecuting, Mr Peter Kelly said the complainant believed that his daughter did not have permission to take this money and had done so without him knowing.

However, before the witness was called Mr Kelly did admit doubts had been raised about the credibility of his claims.

He said: “I received an email on the afternoon of Friday (from Social Services) that said as of June 2011 Mr Morgan was assessed to have a history of alcohol problems, mental health issues and memory loss.”

Mr Morgan told Mr Kelly that he hadn’t shared his bank details with his daughter.

He said: “I didn’t give her any details of the Lloyds account, and I didn’t give her permission.”

Defending, Mr Mike Graham questioned Mr Morgan’s memory and asked him if he remembered his daughter withdrawing money from the account to give to him.

Mr Morgan replied: “She used to just come round, I didn’t ask her to come round.

“I used to give her £10 to mop the floor.

“But I contacted my bank when I found out the money went missing from it.”

Mr Graham said the reason the money had been taken was at Mr Morgan’s request, as he felt his daughter should have credit on her phone to make sure he was safe.

Mr Morgan denied this but said he had given his bank details to his daughter, conflicting with what he had said earlier.

When he had finished giving evidence, the magistrates concluded that no offence had been committed.

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