Berkeley woman avoids £10,000 theft charge
PROSECUTORS have dropped a £10,000 theft charge against a former pharmacy delivery driver from Berkeley.
Beverley Atkinson, of The Crescent, Newtown, had been accused of stealing £9,947.66 from a 'vulnerable woman' between February 12 and March 7 this year.
But at Gloucester Crown Court prosecutor Julian Kesner said the Crown had considered the case more carefully and would not now offer any evidence.
Judge Wiliam Hart formally ruled her to be not guilty of the theft.
However a second similar charge against Ms Atkinson involving just £50 allegedly stolen from another woman will proceed, said Mr Kesner.
"It is the Crown's intention to continue because again there is a vulnerable victim," he said. "Although it is a small sum we say the defendant was in a position of trust with a vulnerable person."
Judge Hart adjourned the case pending a plea and directions hearing on August 30 followed by trial on September 9.
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