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Stealing relative escapes jail term.

THE great niece of a D-Day hero who stole more than pounds 37,000 from him has escaped jail.

Hayley Price, 41, of Brynavon, Blaenavon, pleaded guilty to using 95-year-old Arthur Edward's chequebook to write 154 cheques to herself totalling pounds 37, 548.

The veteran, who served in the South Wales Borderers as a corporal, was awarded the King's Medal for Gallantry after saving a doctor's life during the D-Day Landings.

His great-niece committed the forgery while she visited her great-uncle while he lived alone in Queen Street, Blaenavon, and later at The Beeches Nursing Home.

Eugene Evans, defending, said the cheques were spent on the Lifeline emergency service, carpets, newsagents bills, building work to the house and the home care service Mr Edwards received.

However, Cardiff Crown Court heard that Price also spent Mr Edwards' money on a vet's bill for her dog and made a one-off pounds 200 payment for her son's change of uniform.

Sentencing Price to 52 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, Judge David Wyn Morris said: "You did a wicked, wicked thing."
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 16, 2009
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