A mum who stole thousands of pounds from a trusting pensioner paying her for sex has been jailed after breaching the terms of her suspended sentence
Marion Morgan, 44, helped herself to £4,600 from the bank account of the 78-year-old man to feed her drug addiction.
He paid Morgan for sex, and their relationship had turned into a ‘friendship’.
He allowed her access to his bank account to withdraw money for herself.
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Morgan, a mum-of-five and addict of 20 years, said she spent the money on drugs.
She was spared jail last year after saying she wanted to change her life and tackle her drug addiction.
Morgan, then of Blackley, was ordered to complete a 12 month drug rehabilitation program and told she must observe a curfew from 7pm to 7am for three months.
But after breaching the terms of that suspended sentence, she was jailed for 12 months at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (February 3).
A judge told Morgan she had been given a chance and failed to take it.
Prosecutor Sophie Kenny told the court that Morgan had breached the suspended sentence by failing to attend a series of appointments she was ordered to go to.
The court heard she also failed to make herself available for electronic curfew monitoring equipment to be fitted.
She was arrested in November, but a judge agreed to give her another month to prove she could comply with the terms of the sentence.
However, she failed to attend another four appointments and was not present when a home visit was carried out.
“There’s effectively been no compliance with the order,” said Ms Kenny.
Morgan was due to attend court on December 16, but did not show up.
Another warrant was issued and Morgan was eventually arrested on Market Street in Manchester city center on Tuesday (February 1).
Morgan, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody at Manchester Crown Court.
Mitigating, Laura Broome, described Morgan as having a ‘chaotic lifestyle’.
“She has had a difficult life,” she added.
“She sustained abuse at the hands of a previous partner, which effectively sent her life into a downward spiral.
“She knows she needs to tackle her drug addiction.
“She is hopeful that the activation of her custodial sentence will afford her the opportunity to respond to that.”
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Ms Broome said her client intended to use her time in prison ‘productively’ and hoped to find work in the catering industry following her release.
She added: “She wants to try to build a relationship with her five children and put her years of addiction behind her.”
Sentencing Morgan, Recorder Kate Cornell told her: “I have no alternative.
“I can only hope, as can you, that time in custody will enforce abstinence from drugs and help you to face your addiction.
“I’m sorry it has come to this, but what more can you do?
“Please try to make the most of your time in prison. When you come out, you can make a fresh start.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.