Woman stole more than £10,000 from company

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A JAIL sentence hangs over a woman who stole more than £10,000 from the Chesterfield company that employed her.

Melanie Bottomley, 48, had worked for sheet metal makers Food Fabrications of Station Lane, Old Whittington, for almost four years.

“She had responsibility for the company’s finances and the offences were a major breach of trust,” probation officer Julia Gillott told town magistrates.

“She found herself in serious financial difficulties and she gives this as an explanation and not an excuse for the offences.”

Bottomley, of Lansbury Avenue, Pilsley, near Clay Cross, admitted theft of £4,200 cash on September 18, 2010, and theft of £6,389 cash between April 5 (2011) and March 28. (2012)

Presiding magistrate David Summers imposed an 18-week jail term but suspended it for a year.

“It was a high-level breach of trust. You were trusted with more or less the whole financial management of this company and you betrayed it,” he told her.

Mr Summers also handed Bottomley a 7pm-4am curfew for 12 weeks and ordered her to pay £4,500 compensation to her former employers.

He added: “A civil case may be opened against you to recover the balance.”

The court heard that Bottomley, who had no previous convictions, had been out of work for a period before gaining employment at Thorntons, Alfreton.