Woman repays most of stolen £26,000

PUBLISHED: 14:34 17 September 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A daughter, who stole more than £26,000 from her elderly parents leaving their care home bills unpaid has been ordered to pay back more than £6000, after already repaying the bulk of the cash she took.

Susan Thynne, 52, was in charge of bank accounts for her parents, who both had dementia, and withdrew cash over a two year period when she and her husband unexpectedly found themselves out of work, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Thynne, of Beccles Road, Gorleston, was jailed 10 months back in May, this year, after admitting theft of £26,711 between April 2015 and July 2017.

Thynne, who arrived in court on a mobility scooter, was back for a confiscation hearing to claw back the rest of the cash owed.

Andrew Oliver, for the prosecution, said that most of the cash had been already been repaid as a county court order had been obtained to recover some of the money owed for the unpaid care home bills, leaving an outstanding amount left to pay of £6,277.

He said that it was an agreed order and Thynne already had the funds in place to repay the outstanding amount.

Judge Anthony Bate agreed the order and said she should serve two months in default if she failed to make the payment.

Jonathan Goodman appeared for the defence.

During the earlier sentencing hearing the court heard how the cash was discovered missing after Thynne’s sister approached her about finances and she confessed that the parents’ bank account was empty because she had taken the money.

The prosecution heard that the unpaid care home bills amounted to £30,000 but a county court order had been obtained to recover money owed for the care home fees.

At the hearing, Mr Goodman described Thynne as a dutiful daughter but said that when Thynne and her husband found themselves unemployed she had taken cash from the parent’s bank account, initially intending to pay the cash back, but it got out of hand and spiralled.”

He said that she had wanted to make a full repayment and that Thynne had health and major mobility problems.

Judge Anthony Bate told Thynne at her sentencing that she had breached a “high degree” of trust which had been placed in her and said they had been “mean and sustained” thefts.

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