A WOMAN admitted stealing £27,000 from a 79-year-old man.
Georgina Appleby was given the money to look after because she and her husband Peter had a lockable cabinet in their house.
Durham Crown Court heard Georgina Appleby spent the money in small amounts between December, 2012, and February of this year.
Both Applebys, who have since separated, were charged with stealing the money.
Georgina Appleby, 38, of Hawthorne Avenue, Carrville, Durham City, admitted theft.
Peter Appleby, 48, of High Street, Carrville, denied theft.
Prosecutor Laurie Scott said the pleas were acceptable to the Crown.
A not guilty verdict was entered on behalf of Peter Appleby.
Stephen Andrews, defending Georgina Appleby, applied for a pre-sentence report and the case was adjourned. But the Recorder, Mr Jonathon Carroll, warned her: “Granting the adjournment should not be taken by you as any indication of the likely sentence.
“This is clearly a substantial sum of money and stealing it is a serious matter.
“All sentences, up to and including custody, will be considered.”
Georgina Appleby was bailed to return to court to be dealt with on July 18.