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Woman who bought scooter with stolen money ordered to repay OAP victim

Elizabeth Needs Image copyright PPA
Image caption Elizabeth Needs took the money while her victim was in hospital

A woman who stole an 87-year-old woman's savings to buy a scooter will take four-and-a-half years to pay back the money.

Elizabeth Needs was told to return £1,200 she took from Bunty Farrand while the pensioner was having her leg amputated.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that Needs failed to pay back the stolen money and had bought the vehicle instead.

A sheriff has now ordered her to pay back the money at £10 per fortnight.

Needs was charged with stealing £2,800 from her former friend, but admitted taking £1,200 between February and March 2013 after the Crown accepted she had spent a large sum redecorating Miss Farrand's living room.

The 61-year-old was originally ordered pay compensation in December 2014.

'Not cheap'

Needs befriended her victim while her father lived next door to Miss Farrand in Blairgowrie.

She told the court: "I forgot all about it. I just don't have the money because I have had to buy stuff for myself.

"I have also got a heart condition now. I have had to buy myself a scooter so I can get about more than what I am.

"Without a scooter I would have to stay indoors all the time. They are not cheap things to buy."

Sheriff William Wood told Needs: "What about the money you took from your victim?

"Are you going to pay it? The alternative is prison."

She replied: "I might get better health in there. I can't get near my own doctor."

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