THORNTON Hall Hotel’s former spa manager has been ordered to maintain a 12-hour daily curfew for three months after admitting stealing from her employers.
Linda Waldron was in tears throughout Friday’s hearing at Birkenhead magistrates’ court, as she pleaded guilty to nine charges of theft by employee.
Waldron, 35, who lives in Wallasey, admitted taking a total of £694.80, between June and August this year while in a position of authority at the prestigious hotel.
The court heard how Mrs Waldron repeatedly refunded cash for her own gain, starting with just £4 on June 2, before escalating to £160 by August 1.
Between those dates, the defendant stole amounts above £50 on five separate occasions.
The final incident occurred on August 5, when £60 was taken.
Defending, John Wheate told the court: “It is important to note that Mrs Waldron has been suffering with clinical post-natal depression and that affected the way her life was going at the time, coupled with a number of financial problems.
“She is extremely remorseful, has co-operated fully with police and pleaded guilty throughout the investigation and court proceedings.
“She has also repaid all the moneys and is hoping to put her life back on track for herself and her family.”
A tearful Mrs Waldron was comforted by friends and family as magistrates deliberated.
On their return, chairman of the bench Angela Brodbelt told her: “We have taken into account the fact that you did actually take moneys on more than one occasion.
“It is also a serious breach of trust because you were the manager there, and from your demeanour we can see you are well aware of that.
“We felt unpaid work would have been an ideal penalty in this case, because then you would be giving something back to the community.
“But because of your health issues, we’re going to impose a curfew and this will run for three months.
“What that means is you’re going to be inside between 7pm and 7am.
“You have paid all the money taken in full, so there will be no award for compensation.”