The court heard NP Electricals was in financial difficulty when Mrs Hill was hired.
Owner Neil Pope had re-mortgaged his home to invest £20,000 to try to keep the firm he had been running for 30 years alive. Mr Courtney said although the firm had financial difficulty, Mrs Hill contributed to it being forced to cease trading.
The prosecution argued Mrs Hill was not experienced enough to do payroll and that she had ‘suffered enough’ in the three years it took to come to trial.
Kenneth Hind, prosecuting, said: “This has not been easy for Mrs Hill. She has had to move back home with her mother and come clean to her family, friends and her daughter. Her marriage broke down and she is truly remorseful for what she did.”Well, that’s confusing. Mr Courtney was prosecuting, Mr Hind was defending.
And she had a hard time of it after she was caught, did she? Poor love!
What isn’t at all confusing is the predictable appearance of the famed leniency of the criminal justice system:
Judge Simon Newall gave a 16-month term, suspended for 18 months and 180 hours community service.*sighs* And they wonder why people are beginning to take the law into their own hands.