Volunteer stole from rugby club

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A woman who stole £638 from Bourne Rugby Club was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay the money back by a judge.

Marie Cope (39) admitted taking the cash after volunteering to run the club’s kitchen, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

The court was told Cope ran the kitchen for a full season without any problems but then gave in to temptation during her second year in the role.

Stuart Lody, prosecuting, said the kitchen ran a float of £50 and expected takings of around £100 per week.

Mr Lody told the court Cope made a first payment to the committee but then failed to give them any other money.

When the club pursued Cope for the money a cheque for £638 was sent back as “return to sender.” The police then became involved.

Andrew Vout, mitigating, said Cope had no previous convictions and could afford to pay back £50 a month to the rugby club.

Cope, of Station Road, Grantham, admitted a single charge of theft from Bourne Rugby Club.

She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation of £638 to Bourne rugby club.

Passing sentence Judge John Pini QC told Cope not to resort to dishonest means if she fell in to financial difficulties again.

Judge Pini said: “You volunteered to run this kitchen and in the first year it seems it went very well but in the second season you were tempted to take money.

“It was a breach of trust. You were trusted by them and the cheque bounced for £638.

“I accept it wasn’t your intention to volunteer especially to steal, but that is what happened.”