Our thanks to Steven for this. Excerpts:
Mitigating, Adam Norris said Gregory, of East Stratton, had worked at Redlands ‘absolutely blamelessly’ since 2007 but turned to fraud because of her husband’s battle with addiction.
‘She got married in 2011, they managed their finances together, but he took to drugs and her life started falling apart because he no longer contributed financially,’ he said.
‘Because she was ashamed, she tried to find a way out of the hole her family was in. She told nobody.’…
Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘Given that you have no previous convictions I think this is a case for suspending a sentence – it is not appropriate for a community order.’…
Detective Constable Charlie Cox, who investigated Gregory’s case, said: ‘This was a crime committed by someone trusted by parents, by pupils and by the school to look after monies passed to her. ‘Gregory abused that trust and systematically stole from the school over a three-year period much needed money [J4MB emphasis] to support her own lifestyle.
‘I am delighted that she has been brought to justice and hope that the sentence and the publicity surrounding the sentence will serve as a warning to others who might be tempted to steal from those who have placed in them their trust.’ [J4MB: How will a suspended sentence serve as a warning to others? It will surely serve as encouragement.]
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