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Cleaner Emma Toop jailed for stealing £19k from 94-year-old man
A 'DESPICABLE' single mother who stole more than £19,000 from a vulnerable 94-year-old man has today been jailed for nine months.
Emma Toop, of Prestbury Square, Mottingham, stole Edgar Cordrey's bank card while she was working as a cleaner for him.
She was not officially employed in this capacity but Croydon Crown Court heard she took her mother's shifts when she was feeling ill.
The court was told the 29-year-old withdrew more than £19,000 from his bank account at cash machines between March and July last year.
She spent this money on paying off debts, a holiday in Portugal for her and her three children, clothing and toys for them as well as dance lessons for her daughter and football coaching for her son.
Toop had pleaded guilty to theft.
In mitigation Nicola Kay said: "She's very aware of the seriousness of the position she is in.
“Miss Toop accepts this was a despicable offence committed on an elderly man of advanced years.
"The money wasn't spent on a luxury lifestyle.
"She's remorseful and ashamed of her behaviour."
Miss Kay appealed to Judge Andrew Flahive to pass a suspended sentence because she said a custodial one would also punish her three children, including a six-month-old baby.
But the judge told Toop: "You abused the trust that had been placed in you by Mr Cordrey.
"He was an especially vulnerable victim and to my mind targeted by you.
"You must go to prison for this but I will keep the sentence as short as I reasonably can."
Upto half of Toop's nine month sentence is to be served in prison.
The court heard she has a previous conviction for benefit fraud.