New chance after theft

Last updated 07:31 09/10/2012

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A Blenheim man has given a job to a woman who stole more than $400 from him because he wants to give her a second chance.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday, Rachel Gibson-Fox, 21, of Blenheim, was sentenced to 40 hours community work after admitting three charges of unlawfully obtaining a document.

Judge Chris Tuohy said Gibson-Fox was visiting the man when she took three cheques from his cheque book. She later tried to cash the cheques and managed to cash one worth $489.

Defence lawyer John Holdaway said Gibson-Fox was going through a rough time when she took the cheques and she was ashamed of what she had done. She is working two jobs and had repaid the man.

Judge Tuohy said one of her employers was the man she stole from.

Gibson-Fox appeared to be a hard working young woman with a good future if she could stop offending, but if she returned on similar charges she would be given at least an electronic sentence.

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- The Marlborough Express

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