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 11:42:15 am Views: 57
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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.”