A former post office employee who wept as she begged a judge to refrain from sentencing her to jail has walked free from court.
Pamela Burch (42) took £7,500 from an account belonging to a woman with mental health problems. She was caught after a nurse reported her concerns to police.
At Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday Burch was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
The court was told the defendant had taken the money to pay for a lifestyle beyond her means, including foreign holidays and an expensive personalised registration plate for her car.
A nurse for the woman Burch took the money from went to the post office where the defendant worked – in her home village Ballywalter – and questioned her over the withdrawals.