UK : INK THEFT WOMAN ORDERED TO PAY 1 EURO

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UK : INK THEFT WOMAN ORDERED TO PAY 1 EURO

 user 2010-05-03 at 11:40:25 am Views: 39
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    http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/163-7-800-offender-ordered-pay-163-1/article-2074493-detail/article.html
    UK : INK THEFT WOMAN ORDERED TO PAY 1 EURO
    £7,800 offender ordered to pay £1
    A MOTHER-OF-TWO who jumped bail in Derby six years ago, when she was about to be sentenced for handling £13,000 worth of stolen inkjet cartridges, has been ordered to pay back just £1.Derby Crown Court heard how under the Proceeds of Crime Act Rachel Brayley should pay back £7,800 – over half of the value of the cartridges – after the hearing was told her that then partner, Thomas Geraghty, also benefited from the crime.But since being released from Foston Hall prison, the 34-year-old had been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and had no money.Judge John Burgess told Brayley: “I order you to pay a nominal sum of £1 and the effect of that is should you come into money to the tune of £7,800 you will have to pay that.” She handed herself over to police in February after failing to turn up for her court case in 2004.

    Despite a hunt, police did not know where she was until then.At her trial in March, the court heard that she had got “cold feet” on the day she was due to be sentenced.She left her home in Sinfin and went to Ireland to bring up her two small children, aged eight and 10, who were being looked after by their father’s family.

    A spokesman for the Criminal Prosecution Service defended the court order to pay back the £1 and said it was the start of recovering the £7,800.He said: “The benefit figure, or how much she made from her criminal activity, would have been £7,800.”Then the court looks at realisable assets, which is realistically how much she can pay back of that.”In this case it is currently £1, but the order she has been served with means if in the future she comes into money the police can apply for that money to be paid back up to the value of £7,800.”

    He said he was unable to provide details of the cost of bringing the case to court.
    At the original trial Judge David Pugsley sentenced Brayley, who now lives in Birmingham, to six months in prison but she was released early. At the time he said: “You’ve had courage to come back and you have children who are older now, but still young.”There’s no indication that you have committed any other offence.”The inkjet cartridges had gone missing from RDS Systems Ltd, in Sinfin, where Brayley worked as a cleaner.Brayley had denied stealing the cartridges but admitted that, along with Geraghty, she had received a cheque for just over £8,000 for them.

    She had also pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving a laptop and a digital camera.Speaking at the original trial Sherrall Pickford, prosecuting, said: “She (Brayley) accepts that she bought them from a man in a pub, knowing they were stolen.”Christopher Milligan, in mitigation for the 2003 offences, said: “Mr Geraghty was a heroin abuser. She was trying to bring up two small children and all of the family income was being spent by Mr Geraghty on drugs.”Those who were owed money were paid out of the proceeds of this offence.”