Woman stole £3K from her sick mum

Macclesfield Express - - GENERAL ELECTION 2017 - KAREN BRIT­TON

AWOMAN stole £3,000 from her mum while she was sick in hos­pi­tal.

Sara Pim­blott, 33, was asked by her mum Bar­bara to use her bank card to buy Christ­mas presents for her grand­chil­dren and pay some bills af­ter she was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with a col­lapsed lung, a court heard.

But Pim­blott, a mum of two of Hurds­field Road, Mac­cles­field, con­tin­ued to with­draw her mum’s money un­til she’d cleared out the ac­count and over­draft, the hear­ing was told.

Pros­e­cut­ing at Stock­port Mag­is­trates court, Tina Cun­nane told the court Bar­bara Pim­blott re­alised there was no money left when she went to with­draw cash to pay bills.

Mrs Cun­nane said: “She was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal on De­cem­ber 23 and it was only to­wards the end of Jan­uary, she re­alised her bank card was miss­ing from her purse and bed­room drawer.

“She ap­plied for a new one and when it ar­rived went out with her so­cial worker to get money to pay bills. The bank worker said there was no money in her ac­count and over­draft. She couldn’t un­der­stand it and saw some­one had taken large amounts of money out while she was in hos­pi­tal. She thought it must have been the de­fen­dant as she is the only per­son with ac­cess to her bank card. She said she’d done this be­fore but this time it was too much money. The de­fen­dant said she’d taken it to pay for food for her kids and travel to and from work and she is not liv­ing a lux­ury life­style on her mum’s money. She said she was shocked how quickly it adds up. She said she was guilty of steal­ing from her mum and was sorry and ashamed for it. It’s a se­ri­ous breach of trust.”

Pim­blott pleaded guilty to theft be­tween Oc­to­ber 31, 2016 and Jan­uary 31, 2017.

De­fend­ing, Saul Comish said she has started pay­ing back the money, adding: “She pleaded guilty at the first op­por­tu­nity. She was given ac­cess to her mum’s card and there was too much temp­ta­tion and she took money. She’s been strug­gling fi­nan­cially but is go­ing to be ap­ply­ing for work.”

Mag­is­trates gave Pim­blott a six-month prison sen­tence sus­pended for a year, with a 15-day Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ac­tiv­ity Re­quire­ment and 150 hours un­paid work. She must pay £2,900 com­pen­sa­tion.

Jo Hossle-Stand­ing, chair of the bench, said: “It’s a very se­ri­ous offence. There was a breach of trust and your mum was very vul­ner­a­ble.”

Sara Pim­blott

Neil O’Con­nor

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