A mother-of-two stole £7,000 from the convenience store where she worked.

Sanela Miskic took the cash from a safe at a Mirfield branch of the One Stop Shop.

But rather than keep it for herself she sent the stolen money back to her native country Slovenia to bribe her ex-husband to keep away from her.

Kirklees magistrates heard that she had escaped from the central European country following an abusive relationship and feared for the safety of other family members still living there.

The Huddersfield court heard that the 38-year-old stole money from the Greenside Road store over two dates.

The first theft occurred on March 21, just two weeks after the start of her employment there as a customer assistant.

During the late evening she was captured on CCTV footage taking £2,000 from an unlocked safe in the store’s office area.

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She helped herself to £5,000 left inside the safe again in the early hours of April 8.

Laura McBride, prosecuting, said: “Due to the large amounts of cash found to be missing a regional security supervisor undertook an investigation and after watching the CCTV saw that the defendant was responsible.

“She said that in a moment of madness she took the money.

“On March 21 she hid it on her person before going home and then sending two cash packages to her ex-husband in Slovenia.”

Miskic acted in a similar way for the second theft, this time hiding the money in a bin before retrieving it.

One Stop Shop on Greenside Road in Mirfield

Again she sent the bulk of the cash to her ex, saving just £100 to pay off a utility bill.

Miskic, of Pinfold Close in Mirfield, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft by employee.

Mike Sisson-Pell, mitigating, described the offences committed by his client as taking place under ‘bizarre circumstances’.

He explained: “She didn’t steal the money for herself, she stole the money to keep her husband away from her.

“It was done on impulse and she was bound to be detected because of the CCTV cameras.

“There’s a considerable history which has led her into this criminality which is very much out of character.”

Magistrates heard that Miskic, who had no previous convictions, came to the country three years ago.

She left Slovenia to flee domestic violence and felt that the authorities there had done nothing to assist her.

Miskic then came to live with a family member in the Dewsbury area but her ex still had access to her emails and Facebook account.

Magistrates were told that he was threatening violence to her family members still living in Slovenia and she sent him the money in a bid to be left alone.

Miskic was sentenced to a community order with 10 days of rehabilitation activities and 180 hours of unpaid work.