Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Sudbury: Sentencing of woman who stole £15,000 from youth project is adjourned after judge slams “wholly inadequate” probation report

06:00 16 July 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Archant

A woman who pocketed £15,000 she was given to set up a new youth club in west Suffolk has had her sentencing hearing put off after a judge slammed a probation report on her as “wholly inadequate”.

Lucy McNaul attended Ipswich Crown Court on Monday expecting to learn her fate but was told to come back next month after Judge Rupert Overbury demanded a more detailed pre sentence report which looked at all sentencing options.

Apologising to McNaul, who has no previous convictions, for the delay Judge Overbury described the pre-sentence report he had received as “wholly inadequate”. “It is not sufficient for the purposes of this hearing,” he said.

“I’m not prepared to deal with your sentence today as the report that has been commissioned is inadequate and doesn’t do justice to the case. It doesn’t explain matters that should be considered,” said the judge.

He told McNaul the dishonesty she had admitted was “extremely serious” and said that even though he was adjourning the case for a more detailed probation report looking at all sentencing options she could still face a prison sentence.

McNaul had admitted keeping more than half the £29,400 grant she was awarded to create the Works in Sudbury back in 2010.

The 44-year-old, of Grenville Road, Sudbury, was handed the money from the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) Community Cashback scheme – which was designed to put assets recovered from criminal activities back into community projects.

She pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at an earlier hearing at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court and sentence was adjourned until yesterday (Mon) for a probation report.

At the earlier hearing prosecutor Ian Devine said: “£15,000 of that money was used by the defendant for a variety of reasons linked to herself – nothing to do with the project whatsoever.

“This was a significant breach of trust because this money was for the community and intended to go back into the community.”

In mitigation, the court heard that the rest of the MoJ’s grant had been spent legitimately on the Works project, and that McNaul had admitted her guilt to police two years ago, with the case taking two years to come to court due to delays

between Government departments.

The Community Cashback scheme has since closed.

McNaul gave a presentation to Sudbury Town Council about the Works project back in March 2010, where she outlined plans to start a drop-in centre in

East Street in rooms above the Co-operative supermarket.

The town council has been instrumental in pursuing the lost money.

McNaul pleaded guilty to keeping the £15,000 for herself, having signed an MoJ document stating she had spent all the money on the Works.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Stoke Street, where the incident happened

Three men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Ipswich have been told they will not be charged.

Tracy Garwood's car parked on her drive in Saturn Road, Ipswich

A woman has been left fuming after she was given a ticket for a car parked on her drive, which was deemed to be on double yellow lines.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

An Ipswich man who grabbed the keys to a car after a drunken night out before crashing it into two other vehicles has been jailed.

Poppy and Freddie Millerchip with Pretty Penny

The streets of Ipswich have appeared busier than usual over the past few days with extra shoppers enjoying the warmer weather - and the new Pigs Gone Wild statues adding to the buzz.

Dr Dan Poulter.

Suffolk MP Dan Poulter has backed Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister in an early move in the Tory leadership contest.

The Maggie Playbus.

Ipswich’s popular playbus Maggie has been forced off the road by vandals – but she could have a more secure future, for the rest of the summer at least.

Penzance Road area of Kesgrave

A cyclist has been injured after a crash in Kesgrave this morning.

Thomas Wolsey wearing a woolly hat.

A statue of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey took on a more colourful appearance after he was “yarn-bombed” by an Ipswich art group.

Child Abuse

Child cruelty cases have more than doubled in Suffolk over the past three years, while Essex has seen a 50% increase in offences, figures show.

Boris Johnson leaves his home in north London, as Theresa May overtook him in the race to become the next prime minister, according to polling. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 28, 2016. The Home Secretary and former London mayor are among leading Tories who are expected to spend the day drumming up support for potential leadership bids ahead of nominations opening on Wednesday. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Suffolk MP Dan Poulter has backed Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister in an early move in the Tory leadership contest.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24