A MOTHER who was in financial difficulties gave in to temptation and stole from the pub where she was employed, a court heard.
Kerry Louise Seal, 28, admitted what was described as a breach of trust against her employer.
Seal, of Charles Street, Mold, admitted stealing £340 in cash from a safe at the We Three Loggerheads pub between Mold and Ruthin on October 19.
It was alleged at Flintshire Magistrates Court in Mold that when first challenged by the police she denied taking anything and suggested her employers were lying but she admitted the theft charge when she appeared in court.
She was given a six month conditional discharge on the basis that it was a one-off, low value, offence and she was ordered to pay the money back in full plus £100 prosecution costs.
Magistrates said she now had to keep out of trouble for six months or she could be re-sentenced for the offence.
Helen Tench, prosecuting, said Seal had worked at the premises for some time and the theft occurred at the end of a shift she did not normally work.
Interviewed, she said she recalled working that shift but said she had not cashed up because she was not trained to do it.
She denied taking any money from the till and said she had no reason for doing so, and suggested the complainants were lying.
Mark Davies said his client had admitted matters at the earliest occasion and wished to genuinely apologise to her former employers.
The police officer had unusually interviewed her at her home because she had nobody else to look after her child.
He said she had been “someone unequivocal” in the police interview and had said if there were CCTV cameras they would show her touching the red box in the safe.
She had worked at the premises for six months and had got herself into debt.
Mr Davies said: “She is struggling to support herself and her daughter.
“On this one occasion she gave in to temptation and took that sum of money.”
He stressed it was a one-off, isolated incident and not something that occurred over a period of time, which was often the case in such offences.
Her remorse was genuine.
“She thoroughly regrets her court appearance and wants to extend her apologies to her former employers,” he said.
There were no drink or drugs issues – the only issue was a financial one.
While it was a theft in breach of trust against an employer, he said a conditional discharge would be a suitable disposal.