Museum cafe worker in court over thefts

Witney Gazette: Helen Seacole Helen Seacole

A confiscation hearing was adjourned in the case of a cafe worker who stole more than £16,500 from the Oxfordshire Museum.

Helen Seacole, of Woodstock Road, Witney, admitted four charges of theft by an employee, committed between October 2008 and July last year.

Jonathan Stone, prosecuting August in Oxford Crown Court, said in total the 52-year-old had taken £16,596 while running the shop and cafe at the county council-run museum in Park Street, Woodstock.

She was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered her to pay £16,596 compensation and £475 costs.

A hearing to see how much of the money can be recovered was due to be held at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday but was adjourned.

A new hearing will be held after November 9.

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