She was the victim of domestic violence and was on fairly strong anti-depressants'."
Woman could face jail after petrol pay fraud
Published Date: 05 August 2009
A 25-YEAR-OLD woman who breached a suspended prison sentence by claiming she couldn't pay for petrol and then leaving false details at the Langney filling station will be sent to the crown court.
Joanna Marie Hunt appeared before the town's magistrates court on Friday morning (July 31) and admitted two counts of fraud by false representation.
The court heard Hunt had been to the Esso petrol station, Langney Rise, on May 15 and 18 and filled her vehicle with £20 worth of petrol on both occasions.
She then claimed she was unable to pay and had to fill out a form stating she would return with the money within 24 hours.
On both occasions she gave a false address, number plate and mobile number on the form and on the second occasion she also put a false name.
When Hunt didn't return to pay for the fuel the manager viewed the CCTV footage of the garage forecourt, took down her vehicle registration plate and phoned the police.
Hunt was later arrested in her vehicle, near Southend.
Prosecutor Heather Salvage told magistrates Hunt had since been back to the Esso station and paid back the money owed.
This offence put Hunt in breach of a three-month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months and imposed on January 24, 2008.
In mitigation, Christos Christou said Hunt was at the very end of her suspended sentence.
He added, "She was going through a lot of difficulties in her personal life at this time.
"She was the victim of domestic violence and was on fairly strong anti-depressants."
Magistrates ordered Hunt to be sentenced at the crown court and she will appear on a date to be fixed.
She was granted unconditional bail.
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