A mother-of-four who spent money she collected from former friends for a Christmas hamper fund has avoided a prison sentence.I can see why they are described as ‘former’ friends…
Though, reading on, it doesn’t appear to have been the theft that precipitated this, oh, dear me, no…
Nick Ryles, mitigating, said Sales accepted the offence was aggravated by the fact it was a breach of trust.Ah….
He said Sales was a long-standing friend of the Williams family but the relationship soured after the complainants gave evidence against one of her sons in a court case.
"She clearly felt very aggrieved," said Mr Ryles.It’s ‘spiteful’ to give evidence in a court case?
"She did not pay the money to Park but kept it for herself and paid some to her son. It was a payback for all the spiteful things they had done."
He added: "She is a single parent with four children living at home.Yes, and that’s why she was charged.
"Money is tight. Temptation got the better of her. She took the money without paying it into the account as she should have done."
Mr Ryles said if Sales was sent to prison it would also affect her children.It sounds like it already has!
The magistrates sentenced Sales to a 12-month community order, with 12 months' supervision and 40 hours' unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £700 compensation and £85 costs.So, guess who’s really paying that?