...Saul was given a two-year suspended sentence and 250 hours unpaid work by Judge Catherine Newman, QC, who admitted her sentence was “wholly exceptional” and fell outside sentencing guidelines.
The judge told Southwark Crown Court yesterday: “I’m taking a considerable risk that the Crown will think it lenient and appeal, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.”How nice for you!
Lucie Daniels, defending Saul, had argued she was “shaken” by the loss of her grandmother in 2013 and was a committed charity worker.I lost my grandmother, didn't begin a gambling 'addiction' and rip off my boss. How about you, reader?
The court heard Saul used her role as office manager to create fake invoices to pay cash into her own bank account before switching the details to avoid detection.
She was only caught when she went on maternity leave in December 2016 and a new chief financial office took over and spotted hundreds of fake invoices.Not just a spur of the moment thing, then?
Judge Newman said she was on the brink of giving her a sentence of three years and four months, before being persuaded she was unfit for prison.
Ms Newman said: “It has caused considerable harm to your employer which could ill afford to lose such a substantial sum, but thankfully survived. Your grandmother’s death rocked the stability of your hitherto good citizenship.
“You had a steady partner who had no idea of your gambling addiction and stands by you. I’m prepared to take the wholly exceptional course of reducing your sentence and suspend it.”Ah, if only it was 'wholly exceptional'. In fact, it's so common that there's a term for it...
She was ordered to pay just £360 costs, a little over £10 for every £1000 she stole from her company.Perhaps when they review the sentence, they could consider making the judge serve it too?