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On these facts she should be offering a no comment interview. She doesn't have a defence and they aren't going to caution.
She would normally get a community order for this type of offence but she does have relevant previous convictions and she can't hide from that. The only advantage is that it is a fairly old offence. She might be lucky and get a suspended sentence. For some reason Judges do seem to dislike the property deposit fraud disproportionately I think because the victim is generally entirely innocent, which is rare in crime, and also not a rich person.
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She doesn't have a defence and they aren't going to caution. there is no point in admitting the offence at the police station.
The two year old is a red herring I'm afraid. Women don't get lesser sentences because they have child care responsibilities. The sentence are the subject of the aggravating and mitigating features of the offence and the previous of the defendant. Given that she got 11 months before, she could get several months. It is a low amount but it is aggravated by the premeditation and the vulnerability of the victim .
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