Cambridgeshire

Sentence appeal granted to woman who forged a will

A Cambridgeshire woman who forged her partner's will has been granted leave to appeal against her jail sentence.

Karen Phillips was jailed for eight months in January for forging the document after businessman Stephen Chambers died suddenly in 2011.

On appeal, her lawyers described the case as "exceptional" and said her young children were suffering without their "primary carer".

Appeal Court judge Mr Justice Singh has ordered an urgent appeal hearing.

'Ostrich approach'

Phillips, 46, admitted fraud by false representation after forging the document naming her as the main beneficiary following the unexpected death of Mr Chambers, 52.

It left the bulk of his estate to her, £10,000 to each of Mr Chambers' children and £15,000 to his mother.

Phillips has three daughters aged 10, 11 and 17.

Her barrister, Michael Cousens, told the court she had "adopted an ostrich approach" and "failed to acknowledge" the possibility of a jail term.

Mr Justice Singh refused to release Philips on bail, but said it was "arguable" that the sentence should have been suspended.

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