Sunderland woman stole candles and cards to pay for funerals

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A WOMAN stole candles and cards worth more than £300 after her father died.

Lynn King, from Sunderland, shoplifted a haul worth £327 from Clinton Cards in the city’s Bridges shopping centre.

The 54-year-old pleaded guilty at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court to theft.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said King visited the store twice between December 12 and February 4.

Heather Bolton, defending, told the court that a double tragedy had driven King to crime.

“She lost her father on September 13 last year and on September 14, her grandchild’s grandfather was murdered.

“The funeral costs were £1,900 and the family had to find the money to pay.
 “Her brother had decided he would not contribute to the costs, and Mrs King and her mother were then left to find the money.

“Her mother was obviously depressed at losing her husband and the burden fell on her.

“She is on benefits and did not have £1,900 to pay for a funeral.

“Her benefits were sanctioned as a result of everything that was going on at the time.”

Mrs Bolton added that King was also 
a carer for her son, who was seriously 
injured when he was assaulted about five years ago.