‘Dear diary, today I stole £50 from charity’

‘Dear diary, today I stole £50 from charity’

Susan Barcock

‘Dear diary, today I stole £50 from charity’

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

SHE appeared to be the model good samaritan.

She volunteered at a Cancer Research UK charity shop and helped a vulnerable elderly woman in need after the death of her husband.

But Susan Barcock stole more than £8,000 from them both.

On Friday, the 52-year-old, of Peninsula House, O’Leary Street, Orford, was told she would not go to prison for her deception after pleading guilty to three counts of theft and one of false representation.

Warrington Crown Court heard how Barcock was finally rumbled when her 78-year-old victim noticed her bank statement showed withdrawals she knew nothing about.

And when police searched her home they unearthed personal diaries dating from 2008 brazenly detailing daily amounts of money she had taken from the Sankey Street charity shop for herself.

In total she pocketed £2,127 from the charity shop.

Martin McRobb, prosecuting, said: “Had it never been for her personal diary entries which formed all the evidence there would have been no evidence against her.

“She aroused suspicion while she was at this particular place of work but nothing had been proven.

“In interview when confronted with her diary, the defendant could do little more than admit to the police she had stolen this money.”

Last year she befriended her second victim and offered to help around the home. She would go on to steal £6,356 from her.

At first Barcock took £2,200 in cash from her home.

Police were alerted that the money was missing but the defendant found a further £2,850 in the property and banked it on her victim’s behalf.

“At that stage it simply looked as if the defendant had been a good samaritan and banked the money,” added Mr McRobb.

“The defendant was also advised by the police not to go to see this woman for fear she may be accused again. But she carried on visiting from May to August.”

The court heard how Barcock was of previous good character and had held a managerial position before she lost her job in 2006.

Natalia Cornwall, defending, said: “She fully recognises the seriousness of this offence. She has led an honest lifestyle but it wasn’t until 2006 that this defendant started to have difficulties in her life.

“She is extremely sorry for what she did.”

Judge Nicholas Woodward, presiding over the matter, said: “She lost her job and she became poor and she struggled to deal with that.”

Barcock has given up her car to help pay back the money taken.

Sentencing her to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months for each count to run concurrently, Judge Woodward said: “You are the kind of person she would look to for help.”

Barcock is also subject to a six-month curfew from 6pm to 6am and a 12-month supervision order and was told to pay £125 compensation to each victim.

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8:55am Thu 8 Mar 12

appletonlad says...

How can this cold blooded, sick women not face a prison sentence? She has robbed from people who are in such a vulnerable state and unable to fight back. She is a coward. This story angers me to the max.
How can this cold blooded, sick women not face a prison sentence? She has robbed from people who are in such a vulnerable state and unable to fight back. She is a coward. This story angers me to the max. appletonlad
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10:09am Thu 8 Mar 12

Chip Hazard says...

Her diary entry(ies) prove their is no remorse. The sentence doesn't fit the crime yet again.
Her diary entry(ies) prove their is no remorse. The sentence doesn't fit the crime yet again. Chip Hazard
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10:34am Thu 8 Mar 12

biginthesticks says...

All charities are scams.
You give £1 then they claim the tax from goverment that you paid on it= £1.20
workers get nothing while managers, directors, organisers, are paid large sums for nothing then very little whats left goes to where it needs to go . thats criminal
All charities are scams. You give £1 then they claim the tax from goverment that you paid on it= £1.20 workers get nothing while managers, directors, organisers, are paid large sums for nothing then very little whats left goes to where it needs to go . thats criminal biginthesticks
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11:41am Thu 8 Mar 12

Cleopatra says...

Anyone who volunteers to do charity work knows there is no pay for doing the job. So, no-one should volunteer then somewhere along the line decide that they want payment.
It's very true that while the frontline minions are offering their services for free, donations are largely consumed by the organisation, which includes directors, managersm etc., so very little of what is donated actually goes to the cause. Which is the main reason I will never again do voluntary work for any charity.
Anyone who volunteers to do charity work knows there is no pay for doing the job. So, no-one should volunteer then somewhere along the line decide that they want payment. It's very true that while the frontline minions are offering their services for free, donations are largely consumed by the organisation, which includes directors, managersm etc., so very little of what is donated actually goes to the cause. Which is the main reason I will never again do voluntary work for any charity. Cleopatra
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8:19pm Thu 8 Mar 12

Chip Hazard says...

biginthesticks wrote:
All charities are scams.
You give £1 then they claim the tax from goverment that you paid on it= £1.20
workers get nothing while managers, directors, organisers, are paid large sums for nothing then very little whats left goes to where it needs to go . thats criminal
Partially true but if you state where you want your money spent they are obliged to follow your request e.g. towards a kids play area. Otherwise admin can quite easily swallow it up.
[quote][p][bold]biginthesticks[/bold] wrote: All charities are scams. You give £1 then they claim the tax from goverment that you paid on it= £1.20 workers get nothing while managers, directors, organisers, are paid large sums for nothing then very little whats left goes to where it needs to go . thats criminal[/p][/quote]Partially true but if you state where you want your money spent they are obliged to follow your request e.g. towards a kids play area. Otherwise admin can quite easily swallow it up. Chip Hazard
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2:01pm Fri 9 Mar 12

SWSmith says...

Her actions, and the sentence, have caused so much outrage that it has attracted national attention - it was discussed today on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2.

The fact is, despite her alleged sorrow, her only regret is getting caught. She would have continued to abuse the trust of the vulnerable. The morals of this crime are dispicable.

The sentence is a farce at best. A curfew?! Pointless and pathetic.

However, if I chose to steal state benefits (which I do not condone, obviously) I would receive the maximum custodial available - with the added bonus of free national press coverage to act as a deterrant.

So, it's less of a crime to steal from vulnerable and elderly people than it is to steal from the state? This verdict stinks.
Her actions, and the sentence, have caused so much outrage that it has attracted national attention - it was discussed today on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2. The fact is, despite her alleged sorrow, her only regret is getting caught. She would have continued to abuse the trust of the vulnerable. The morals of this crime are dispicable. The sentence is a farce at best. A curfew?! Pointless and pathetic. However, if I chose to steal state benefits (which I do not condone, obviously) I would receive the maximum custodial available - with the added bonus of free national press coverage to act as a deterrant. So, it's less of a crime to steal from vulnerable and elderly people than it is to steal from the state? This verdict stinks. SWSmith
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9:01pm Fri 9 Mar 12

local man says...

should have got a couple of years added just for wearing that red blanket to court.
should have got a couple of years added just for wearing that red blanket to court. local man
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7:38pm Tue 13 Mar 12

old-codger says...

She,s a hard faced excuse for a human being. How can she go out in public.
She,s a hard faced excuse for a human being. How can she go out in public. old-codger
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