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Helen's Bay woman forged elderly auntie's cheques worth £7,000

Published 20/04/2015

Susan Bradley, from Helen's Bay. Convicted of theft at Downpatrick Crown Court.
Susan Bradley, from Helen's Bay. Convicted of theft at Downpatrick Crown Court.

A Helen’s Bay woman who cashed forged cheques she stole from her elderly aunt because she “got a buzz” from it, has been spared jail.

Susan Bradley frittered away almost £7,000 of her pensioner aunt’s savings, including splashing out on a Dublin shopping spree.

Downpatrick Crown Court heard last week that Bradley, 55, had received hand-outs from generous Philomena Trist — who was living in a nursing home. But devious Bradley still secretly stole 10 cheques and forged Miss Trist’s signature.

Bradley admitted one count of stealing the cheques, nine of forgery and 10 counts of fraud, all committed between April and August last year.

Defence lawyer Suzanne McCartney said: “She got a buzz [from taking the money] but came crashing back down.”

Judge Piers Grant ordered Bradley to spend two years on probation and complete 60 hours of community service.

THIEF: Silver-haired Susan Bradley

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