A CLEANER stole from her employers as she struggled to keep her head above water financially.
Musarat Denton was before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
District Judge Marie Mallon was told that Denton, 37, stole from Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club over two days.
Denton was employed as a cleaner for Wharfedale cleaning company, which has a contract with the Edgerton-based club
The mum-of-of-two was employed to start work there at 6am for three hours.
But on January 4 she went into the office and stole some cash.
Linda Fowler, prosecuting, said: “She entered the office behind the reception area, but had not been allowed to clean here.
“She took a quantity of cash from the safe in the office. The key was kept behind the reception desk.”
Denton, of Quarmby, took £40 and then the following day stole a further £20 from the office.
Ms Fowler said that staff became suspicious and photocopied all the notes kept locked up.
When they approached Denton about the thefts they found that a serial number on one of the notes on her was identical to one of those photocopied.
Denton admitted the thefts, although she claimed that the money had been left on a desk in the office.
Judge Mallon was told that she was last before the court last August when she received a supervision order for shoplifting.
Jonathan Slawinski, defending, said that the money Denton stole went towards paying for her gas and electric.
He said that her husband had been made redundant six months ago and the family were struggling to cope financially.
He said: “She didn’t spend the money on lavish items, it was only for her home.
“It seems that when the family are financially broke she does this to help the family.”
Judge Mallon told Denton that stealing from her place of work was a very serious matter and that she could have sent her to prison.
She did however give her a 12-month community order with 180 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Mallon also ordered her to pay £40 compensation and £85 court costs.