Woman guilty of hate theft from man

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A carer has admitted a Disabled Hate Crime against the handicapped person she was looking after.

Kelly Staniford admitted theft of thousands of pounds from a cerebral palsy sufferer when she made her first appearance before Blackpool Magistrates.

Staniford of Roxburgh Avenue, Blackpool, was said by the prosecution to have stolen £10,507.50 from her victim’s bank account.

However her lawyer Steven Townley said that amount would be contested. He told the court:”From the paperwork I have studied the figure is only £5,300.”

Magistrates were told the charge was covered by the Disabled Hate Crime legislation and was significant breach of trust.

The theft had taken place between February 2012 and July 2013.

Magistrates agreed their powers were not sufficient to sentence Staniford and said the case must be sent to Preston Crown Court.

Staniford was bailed until her appearance at the higher court on November 7.She bailed on condition she has no contact with her victim or his mother.

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