Manager driven to steal
A North East care home manager, driven to steal Â£10,000 from the home by an abusive partner, was so racked by guilt she tried to kill herself, a court heard. Alyson Smith, 37, of the Ashton Grange care home in Sunderland, admitted theft charges when she appeared before Newcastle Crown Court. She was given a two-year suspended jail sentence. The court heard that Smith had been in the grip of an abusive partner who forced her to find money to fund his gambling addiction. When it was clear that an audit would find that Â£10,000 was missing from the safe, she wrote a confession and then tried to take her own life. The money has since been refunded to residents by home owners Southern Cross Healthcare. Passing sentence Mr Recorder Nolan said he was satisfied that she had been under pressure to steal by her abusive partner. â€œI am quite satisfied your remorse is so great as to be almost tangible,â€ Mr Nolan said.