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Woman stole from charity

PUBLISHED: 09:33 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 05 July 2010

A woman who volunteered on a project set up to help vulnerable people was yesterday ordered to pay back more than £3,500 which she stole using the charity's bank card.

A woman who volunteered on a project set up to help vulnerable people was yesterday ordered to pay back more than £3,500 which she stole using the charity's bank card.

Dawn West, 43, bought cigarettes, clothes and a laptop computer with money from the Kirkley Kabin drop-in centre in Lowestoft.

Lowestoft magistrates heard that West, of London Road South, Lowestoft, was acting as joint treasurer for the drop-in centre when she used the charity's debit card to spend £3,654.47 on herself.

Colette Griffiths, prosecuting, said that as well as spending money on clothes and cigarettes, she paid £446.93 for a laptop computer. The charity was still owed £3,207.54.

James Hartley, for West, said she had already paid £160 back to the charity and handed over the laptop.

“It is my client's idea to pay all this money back and she is doing so,” he said.

West admitted theft when she appeared before Lowestoft magist-rates on October 24 and appeared yesterday for sentence. She was given a 12-month community order, with six months of supervision, and ordered to complete 150 hours' unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay a further £3,207.54 back to the charity.

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