… the judge let Bircham, who wept throughout the hearing and has turned to teaching after her business flopped, walk free.
He imposed an 18-month suspended jail term and ordered her to complete 150 hours unpaid work. She will be subject to a six-month curfew.
Robert Tolhurst, defending, said the business, Scoop SkinCare Ltd, had been set up legitimately but turned “sour”.
The defendant’s 13-year-old son would be forced to uproot his life from London to Wales if she was jailed, he added.Oh, well, clearly that would be cruel and unusual punishment!