A CONWOMAN stole thousands of pounds from an elderly neighbour who treated her like a daughter.
Joy Don, pictured, took money from a post office account belonging to Dorothy Johnson, who has since died.
Don had been trusted to collect the 75-year-old’s pension and pay her bills, in the belief they had formed a loyal bond during their 14-year friendship.
But 35-year-old Don, of Ash Grove, Whitburn, took cash for herself.
At Newcastle Crown Court she admitted one charge of fraud and one of theft.
Prosecutors claim the amount taken was more than £12,000, between July 2009 and October 2011.
Don entered her guilty pleas on the basis the she took less than that, though no precise figure was specified in court.
Sentencing was adjourned until next month. Don was granted bail.
Grieving members of Mrs Johnson’s family were in court to see Don admit her guilt.
One said: “We don’t know how she sleeps at night. Mam treated her like a daughter.”
The court heard Don is believed to have £3,000 to offer to pay back.