A woman has been jailed for stealing wreaths from a Liverpool crematorium to then sell on for profit. Marion Hill and her sister were caught on CCTV taking tributes carrying the words 'Mum' and 'Nan' from Springwood crematorium, Allerton on 7 May. Wreaths were later found at Hill's house, along with blank condolence cards and "wreath-making accessories".
Hill was jailed for 10 weeks at Liverpool Magistrates' Court. Lyndsay Millett
was given a suspended sentence. Hill, 42, who has previous convictions for fraud and theft and Ms Millett,
37, claimed they had taken the wreaths to put on their own mother's grave. But the prosecution argued the items found at Hill's home showed involvement
in a business in taking wreaths and selling them on. The court heard the crematorium had set up CCTV after several other sets of
flowers went missing.
Both women were subsequently sacked from their jobs. Ms Millett was evicted
from her home when her landlord found out what she had done, the court heard. District Judge Richard Clancy said the pair had committed a "shameful
act". Andrew Hodgson, prosecuting, said: "I would describe this as a despicable
crime, they were praying on the misery of people who were already suffering due
to the bereavement of their loved ones.
"It is a crime which has caused a lot of distaste and anger in the wider
community." He added that Ms Millett had avoided a jail term "by the skin of her teeth"
as "she had no previous convictions and she had childcare responsibilities". Leanne Kennedy, defending, said the pair were "ashamed and remorseful".