Woman cleared of steal­ing cash from OAP and work­mate

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

A do­mes­tic worker has been cleared of clean­ing out the bank ac­counts of an el­derly client and a col­league.

Pros­e­cu­tors dropped pro­ceed­ings against Donna Gif­ford, who had been ac­cused of with­draw­ing £3,900 from the ac­counts of Linda Moir and Muriel Todd after ob­tain­ing their bank cards.

A trial at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court heard claims that Ms Gif­ford, of Bar­wood Drive, North Barr, Ersk­ine, had used Mrs Moir’s bank card at the ATM at the Spar store in the town’s Bar­gar­ran Square on May 15, 2017, and once on May 16, 2017.

On the same day she was al­leged to have used the bank card at the ATM at the Post Of­fice in Bar­gar­ran Square, and then at the Bank of Scot­land in the town’s Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre, tak­ing a to­tal of £800 from her col­league’s ac­count.

It was also claimed she had stolen a bank card, while work­ing as a cleaner, from Muriel Todd, 85, at a prop­erty in the town’s Blan­tyre Court.

And she was said to have used that bank card at the Spar in Bar­gar­ran Square, and the Post Of­fice there, be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber 2017, to steal a to­tal of £3,100.

How­ever, Ms Gif­ford, 54, who had main­tained her in­no­cence through­out pro­ceed­ings, was told this week that the Crown was drop­ping the le­gal ac­tion against her.

Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Frank Clarke told Sher­iff Frances McCart­ney, pre­sid­ing over trial, that he was no longer seek­ing a con­vic­tion in re­spect of the case.

Ms Gif­ford, who main­tained her in­no­cence, was then ac­quit­ted of the charges and told she was free to leave the dock.

Ear­lier, the trial heard ev­i­dence from Mrs Moir who said her hus­band “mon­i­tored” their fi­nances, and that she had re­ceived a phone call from him one day in May 2017 to ask if she had lifted any money from their ac­count. She ex­plained: “He couldn’t lift any money. “The amount al­lowed by the bank in a day had al­ready been lifted.

“He wasn’t able to lift any money from the bank that day.”

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Peter Burke, rep­re­sent­ing Gif­ford, then asked: “You ac­tu­ally asked Donna Gif­ford to lift that money from your ac­count, didn’t you?

“You were con­cerned your hus­band was mon­i­tor­ing your fi­nances and you wanted that money out with­out him see­ing you do­ing it?”

Mrs Moir de­nied the claims, and as­ser­tions his client had in fact been given her card and PIN num­ber.

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