Deception woman told to pay back pensioner
A woman convicted of stealing £40,000 from a Lympsham man has been let out on bail so she can find the money to pay him back
A woman convicted of stealing £40,000 from a Lympsham man has been let out on bail so she can find the money to pay him back.Carole Penfold, aged 45, of Kingsteignton, Devon, was found guilty of theft, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, two charges of perverting the course of justice and two of obtaining service by deception by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.But before she was sentenced Judge Graham Cottle released her on bail so she could use the car she bought with her gains to pay back the money she stole from her cousin Eddie Goodwin, aged 68. Penfold tracked down the Porsche Boxster she bought and handed it over to police but the car, which cost £36,000, is now worth only £15,000. She has until March 9 to find ways of making up the balance to pay back Mr Goodwin, who lives in a caravan at Batch Nurseries in Rectory Way, Lympsham. Penfold has been electronically tagged and put under a curfew order until she is sentenced next month.Judge Cottle warned Penfold she still faces jail, but he said sentencing would be difficult because she cares for her disabled son.The jury heard how the cash Mr Goodwin had came from the sale of a four acre plot of land in Congresbury, which had been left to him by his mother.During the trial the court heard how Penfold stole money from Mr Goodwin and then enlisted the help of a call girl and a bogus priest, who she sent to his local pub, the Anchor Inn in Bleadon, to try to discredit him and prevent him from testifying against her. When this failed she planted a shotgun, ammunition and a pack of heroin in his caravan before tipping off the police. She denied all the charges.