Book-keeper sentenced for stealing £8,000 from property firm

Book-keeper sentenced for stealing £8,000 from property firm


A part-time book-keeper has appeared in court, charged with stealing over £8,000 from a small, family run property renovation and letting firm. 

Bridglington Free Press reported that 42 year-old Carol Norris admitted to taking £8,336 from Spinks and Co between November 2006 and February 2008.


Hull Crown Court heard how she went on to steal £4,600 from another firm less than a year later, whilst being under investigation by the police.


Although Ms Norris admitted two charges of theft and one of false accounting, and stole £14,000 in total, she was spared a prison sentence.


The boss of Spinks and Co property firm had asked for Ms Norris to be free to work, in order to help pay back the money, which Judge Roger Thorn said influenced his decision to give her a 12-month suspended sentence and 100 hours unpaid community work.


Allegedly, Ms Norris began stealing in order to buy gifts for her children, although defending barrister Michael Sandyford said her family were facing serious financial troubles, having been threatened with repossession after falling behind with payments on their 100% mortgage.


A doctor’s report for the book-keeper also signalled a “self-destruction compulsion.”


Now working at a local Burger King branch, Ms Norris could be open to civil court proceedings for the victims to re-coup their cash.


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