Grantham woman stole from rugby club
A woman who stole £638 from Bourne Rugby Club was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay the money back by a judge.
Marie Cope, 39, admitted taking the cash after volunteering to run the club’s kitchen, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
The court was told Cope ran the kitchen for a full season without any problems but then gave in to temptation during her second year in the role.
Stuart Lody, prosecuting, said the kitchen ran a float of £50 and expected takings of around £100 per week.
Mr Lody told the court Cope made a first payment to committee but then failed to give them any other money.
When the club pursued Cope for the money a cheque for £638 was sent back as “return to sender”. The police then became involved.
Andrew Vout, mitigating, said Cope had no previous convictions and could afford to pay back £50 a month to the rugby club.
Cope, of Station Road, Grantham, admitted a single charge of theft from Bourne Rugby Club.
She was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation of £638 to the club.
Passing sentence Judge John Pini QC told Cope not to resort to dishonest means if she fell in to financial difficulties again.
Judge Pini said: “You volunteered to run this kitchen and in the first year it seems it went very well but in the second season you were tempted to take money.
“It was a breach of trust. You were trusted by them and the cheque bounced for £638.
“I accept it wasn’t your intention to volunteer especially to steal, but that is what happened.”