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Kesgrave mum could face prison

PUBLISHED: 19:44 10 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:10 03 March 2010

A KESGRAVE mother of two who stole more than £1,000 from a pensioner has been warned that she could be sent to prison when she is sentenced next month.

A KESGRAVE mother of two who stole more than £1,000 from a pensioner has been warned that she could be sent to prison when she is sentenced next month.

Belinda Macinally, 47, of Glanville Place, was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday of four charges of theft from a 79-year-old woman who lived in Bell Lane, Kesgrave.

During the two day trial the court heard that Macinally had regularly gone to a local shop with cheques signed by the pensioner and had bought food with them.

On two other occasions she had accompanied the pensioner, who was suffering from dementia and now lives in a residential home, to her building society and was present when she withdrew two sums of £500.

The offences came to light when social workers visited the pensioner and became concerned about her finances.

Stephen Franklin, prosecuting, claimed that Macinally had taken advantage of the vulnerable pensioner and had used her accounts as a personal cash point.

Macinally told the court that the pensioner had not exhibited any signs of dementia during her dealings with her.

She said she had done shopping for the pensioner and paid for it with signed cheques from her and she had always given the pensioner back her change.

Macinally said the pensioner had asked her to go to the building society with her and afterwards had insisted on buying presents for Macinally's children.

Macinally denied stealing from the pensioner or taking advantage of her.

The case was adjourned until February 1 for a pre sentence report and Macinally was told by Recorder Nicholas Hamblen that all sentencing options including prison would be open to the court on that occasion.

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