Cleaner stole from Norfolk millionaire Graham Tweed, uncle of Jade Goody’s former partner Jack Tweed
A trusted cleaner who worked for a Norfolk millionaire businessman Graham Tweed, the uncle of Jade Goody's former partner Jack Tweed, stole valuable family heirlooms worth around �13,000.
Now she has been told by a judge that she must try to help police get the irreplaceable items back and also confess to her husband what she had done.
Rosalind Boore, 55, worked for businessman Mr Tweed at his home in Saham Toney, near Watton, for 12 years and Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday she had a high level of trust and was given access around the home, but had breached this trust by stealing the items of great sentimental value which she had then sold for cash at a jeweller's shop.
Boore, of Ellington Road, Watton, admitted theft of the items and was due to be sentenced but her case was adjourned after Judge Peter Jacobs found out she had no lawyer to represent her as she had been too ashamed to tell her husband about her court appearance and had not filled in any legal aid claim.
Judge Jacobs told her it was a very serious matter and she could face jail so she must tell her husband about her court appearance as well as get proper legal representation.
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He said: 'You are going to have to go home and tell your husband. It is all going to come out and this is not a matter you can keep quiet about - especially if you go to prison.'
He also advised her: 'Never do things you can't tell your husband about.'
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Judge Jacobs also urged Boore to try to help police get the items back for Mr Tweed as she must know where she had taken the items of jewellery, which were of particular sentimental value and had been described by Mr Tweed as being 'family heirlooms.'
Judge Jacobs said: 'The duty here is to get the property back for this man.'
Robert Warner, prosecuting, told the court that Boore had worked for Mr Tweed for 12 years and was given a 'high level of trust' and given her own access into the property.
He said that Boore had been given loans in the past by the family and also was able to buy food from Mr Tweed's farm shop at cost price.
He said in an impact statement that Mr Tweed had described some of the stolen items as 'family heirlooms' and said of the thefts that 'a large part of his family history had been taken away.'
Speaking after the case, Mr Tweed said gold cufflinks, of which only five pairs were ever made, watches from world war one and two, a gold chain and silver salt dishes were among the items stolen.
He added: 'I went to change a ring which had a family crest on and it wasn't on the bedside table and I realised it wasn't quite as its should be. Then I realised a chain had gone and then I started looking around and there were bits missing from the cabinet and things like that.
'They're things I've collected from travelling around the world and some of the kids things – it's not about the monetary value.
'I don't know how long it had been going on for – I didn't notice straight away because it was things that were always there. We can't be quite as trusting as we once were.'
Boore's case has been adjourned to a date to be fixed.