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Woman emptied gran and mum’s bank accounts

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A WOMAN stole thousands of pounds from her mother and 83-year-old grandmother so she could buy drugs.

Keighley Marrs, 30, emptied the women’s bank accounts by using their debit cards between January and May.

Newcastle Crown Court heard her mother’s account was plunged into overdraft after Marrs helped herself to £3,785 from it.

Her elderly gran was unable to meet direct debit payments after £668 was taken from her.

Prosecutor Caroline McGurk said some of the money in the pensioner’s account was there to pay for her heating.

Miss McGurk said: “This was her heating allowance, given to her by the Government, as a result of her elderly status.”

The court heard the mother and grandmother shared a home together, and Marrs had a room at the house, where she would stay occasionally.

Miss McGurk said: “She has stolen her mother’s and grandmother’s debit cards, and withdrawn money from their accounts without their knowledge or permission.

“It is determined offending, with numerous withdrawals made from both ladies’ accounts.

“The withdrawals continued after both changed their pin numbers.”

Marrs, of Oxford Street, Sunderland, admitted two charges of fraud by false representation and asked for one similar charge to be taken into consideration.

Paul Cross, defending, said Marrs is making repayments to the victims from her benefit money.

Mr Cross added: “Desperation for money for drugs has driven her to this.”

Mr Recorder John Aitken adjourned sentence for three weeks so Marrs, who is on bail, can be assessed for her suitability for drug rehabilitation treatment.

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