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Cleaner who stole jewellery worth more than £7,000 from customers in Spalding and Boston avoids jail after failing to complete unpaid work punishment

A domestic cleaner who was spared jail after stealing jewellery from customers has been given an extra year to complete her community punishment.

Aimee Louise Ward, 39, was given an eight month suspended prison sentence in May last year after she admitted four offences of theft between December 1, 2021 and February 8, 2022.

The incidents took place in Spalding and Boston.

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court

As part of the sentence Ward was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work in the community within 12 months.

Ward's case was listed at Lincoln Crown Court for a breach of her suspended sentence.

But a judge excused Ward from attending the hearing after giving her another year to complete her hours of unpaid work.

Judge James House KC ruled Ward would now have until May 2, 2025, to complete the community element of her sentence.

The original sentence hearing was told Ward worked for a Lincolnshire based housekeeping firm between August 2021 and February 2022.

In February 2022 her employer, Danielle King, attended Boston Police Station reporting that she believed her employee had stolen some jewellery.

It emerged that three clients had been victims.

In the Spalding area, Nicola Jowett had two rings worth £5,000 stolen and Sharon Morris lost a sentimental ring worth £600.

Ward, of Kitwood Road, Boston, then sold the items to a jewellers in Boston.

Mrs Jowett’s rings were recovered and returned to her but Mrs Morris’s were not, the court heard.

Ward stole two rings worth £700 from Amy Lawson’s home in Boston. Again, they were sold to the jeweller and not recovered.

The defendant also took a chain and four rings from the Boston home of a friend, Neil Greswell.

The chain and one ring were recovered from the jeweller’s.

Ward told police in interview that the offences were ‘just a thought that she felt she had to do’ and she had tried to get the items back from the jeweller’s.

The court heard Ward had a similar previous conviction dating back to 2013.

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