Woman stole £1,000 from disabled mother to feed Candy Crush addiction
Published 30/06/2014 | 13:06
A woman stole more than £1,000 (€1,250) from her disabled mother after becoming addicted to Candy Crush Saga.
Sally-Anne Turner, 45, was given access to her mother's bank account as she acted as her mother's carer.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how her mother became suspicious when she noticed money was missing from her account. She discovered over £1,000 had been taken between February 2012 and January 2014, after Turner became addicted to Candy Crush Saga and other online gaming sites.
Turner was told to pay her mother back, but the court heard her mother has refused to accept it.
Turner admitted a charge of fraud while occupying a position of trust when she appeared in court for sentence.
Recorder Timothy Ashe QC jailed her for 12 weeks, suspended for a year, and gave her a three month curfew between 8pm and 6am.
"What you did was clearly wrong and caused your mother distress," the judge told Turner.
Turner's lawyer, Henny (corr) Tatum, told the court Turner was "incredibly remorseful" over what had happened and was no longer playing games on the internet.
"She has now resolved matters with her mother," she added.
Candy Crush Saga is a game which can be played via mobile phone, tablet or computer, usually via Facebook.
On an average day, 93 million people play Candy Crush Saga more than one billion times a day. The majority manage to complete the 605 levels without spending a penny.
However, many spend money on buying extra lives and other game aids, with £298 million spent by players in the last three months of 2013 alone.