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Cylch Meithrin nursery theft: Suzy Barrett sentenced

Category: Wales

Published: 3rd Aug 2012 13:47:40

A woman has been given a six month suspended prison sentence for stealing over £8,000 from a nursery group.

Cardiff Magistrates Court heard Suzy Barrett had repaid £7,000 to the Welsh language Cylch Meithrin in Pentrebane.

Barrett, from Cardiff, who pleaded guilty, had taken £8,436 when she was treasurer of the nursery between January 2010 and June 2011.

Judge John Charles had postponed sentencing in February to give her the chance to pay the money back.

Defending Barrett, Aled Watkins said that she'd taken the money because of financial difficulties.

She'd had to "scrimp, save and borrow" to pay it back, he said.

The court heard that the mother of two young children had found it was "very difficult for her to put it right".

As a result of what she'd done she'd been spat at and abused, with newspaper articles being left on her doorstep, the court heard.

Such was her level of financial difficulty she'd had to take out a voluntary insolvency agreement.

Sentencing Barrett, Judge Charles told her that "personal problems can't be solved by helping yourself to funds".

She had abused a position of trust and other individuals had suffered, he added.

Barrett was given a six month prison sentence suspended for a year.

She will have to do 150 hours of unpaid work, and pay the balance owing to the nursery - a sum of £1,336.

She will have to make monthly payments of £120 with the first payment due in 28 days.

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