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Carer admits stealing jewellery which she then tried to pawn, court hears

PUBLISHED: 15:07 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:08 21 September 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A carer who admitted an “abuse of trust” by stealing jewellery which she then tried to pawn was warned by a court that she could face jail.

Hannah Manning, 28, of The Street, Earsham, near Bungay, who worked in a care home, admitted stealing items of jewellery between May 1 and May 20 last year and theft of jewellery on May 6, last year.

Manning also pleaded guilty to the theft of a Samsung Galaxy tablet between May 1 and July 13 last year.

She also admitted a charge of fraud, as she tried to pawn the jewellery in Beccles, on May 17, last year, claiming the items were hers to sell, when in fact they were stolen.

Peter Gair, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court, said that the pleas were acceptable to the Crown Prosecution Service. He ordered that three other charges she faced lie on file and were not proceeded with by the prosecution.

Mr Gair said the thefts of jewellery involved a “breach of trust” as Manning was working as a carer at the time of the thefts and he told the court that after stealing jewellery from the victims she had then tried to pawn the items, pretending they were not stolen.

He said: “Clearly in terms of culpability this is a breach of a high degree of trust.”

He said the jewellery items stolen were also of special sentimental value to the victims, which he said was another “aggravating” feature to the case.

Danielle O’Donovan, for Manning, said she had no previous convictions but had some mental health issues.

Ms O’Donovan asked for the court to order a report from probation as well as a psychiatric report to give an update on her mental health.

Judge Stephen Holt told Manning: “I cannot sentence you today. The court needs to know much more about you. I have to put that sentence back so someone from probation can see you.”

Judge Holt ordered a pre-sentence report and a psychiatric report for Manning but warned her: “These are serious matters and a breach of trust and all options have to remain open.”

Judge Holt adjourned sentence until October 19 when it is hoped all the reports will be in place so the full hearing can go ahead.

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