Wales

Susan England £13,000 payment or face eight months jail

A former deputy head teacher has been ordered to repay £13,000 she stole from her after-school club or face eight months in jail.

Susan England, 58, admitted seven fraud charges at Mold Crown Court in April and was given a 12-month community order.

Judge Rhys Rowlands, at a proceeds of crime hearing, ruled that her criminal benefit was £13,026.

She taught at Ysgol Bro Carmel near Holywell, for 35 years but has retired.

England was ordered to pay the amount in full within three months or face jail.

Depression

The amount was decided following a specialist police financial investigation.

The judge was told that England's teaching career was now over.

He heard that she had equity in her home and issues over her pension still needed to be sorted out.

England, from Prestatyn, was said to have been £15,000 in debt and had suffered from depression following the death of her husband when she began taking money from after-school club of which she was treasurer.

It was found from the bank accounts that the club appeared to be running at a loss, unaccounted for cheques had been made out and auditors found a total of 40 unaccounted for transactions.

She was once highlighted by schools inspector as a model teacher that others should aspire to.

When she was given a 12 month community order in April, she was described in glowing terms in references by a former head teacher.

"That is the tragedy of this case," Judge Dafydd Hughes told her in April. "Your fall from grace has been substantial."