Sentencing of woman who stole £90k from her mother is adjourned

Norwich Crown Court. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Norwich Crown Court. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

A woman who stole almost £90,000 from her elderly mother who suffers from dementia has had her sentencing adjourned.

Karen Wakeling, 47, was found to have breached her position of trust over a 10-year period while having power of attorney over the affairs of her mother, who is in her 80s.

Norwich Crown Court heard that Wakeling made a series of transactions, taking money from her mother’s account to fund holidays, pay off debts and even using her cash to pay for her 40th birthday party at a hotel in Hunstanton.

Wakeling denied fraud but the jury took just over an hour to find Wakeling guilty of fraud following a trial in January.

Wakeling, of School Road, Heacham, was due to be sentenced on Tuesday (March 17) but the case was adjourned until June 1.

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The defendant was still barred from visiting her mother unchaperoned but could contact her by letter or other means.

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