Mother stole £1,100 from OAP to pay debt

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A YOUNG MUM stole more than £1,000 from her baby’s great-grandmother to “pay off some debts”, Grimsby Magistrates’ Court heard.

Emily Seward, 20, of East Torrington admitted stealing £1,100 from pensioner Janet Dunning after CCTV from Barclays bank in Grimsby showed her making the withdrawals.

Prosecuting, Martin Howarth described how Janet Dunning had gone to use her bank card and discovered it was not in her handbag.

Calls to the bank revealed money had been taken from the account.

Seward – who has a 15-month-old child with Janet’s grandson – later said she had found the bank card in her car.

Sentencing, District Judge Daniel Curtis said: “You have absolutely no right to help yourself to this lady’s money. You had no right to take it.

“You should be truly ashamed of yourself.”

He said Seward had taken advantage of a situation and suspected she would lose her employment.

Mr Howarth said Seward knew what she had done was wrong and said she had used the money to pay off some debts.

Defending, Kerry Woollason said Seward had been charged with two counts of stealing a total of £500 in December 2011 – and had also admitted two further offences.

Seward was given a six-month community order with five days of employment training and supervision and was ordered to pay £300 compensation. Barclays bank repaid £1,100 to Janet Dunning.

But Janet said she has been left “devastated” and “heartbroken” by what has happened.

She said: “I’m not happy – six months isn’t enough 
to make her want to 
change.

“She doesn’t care who she hurts, she’ll do anything to get her hands on money.

“I fear for my great-grandchild’s future with a mother like that. It’s very sad.”