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Woman embezzled money from village pharmacy

A WOMAN who was found guilty of embezzling £4,000 from a shop in Scalloway has been placed under supervision and given an unpaid work sentence.

Emma Warwick, of Gordon Cottage, Levenwick, was previously found to have taken the money from Norsepharm on Scalloway’s Main Street between 12 December 2014 and 27 February 2015 while she was working there.

The 25 year old said during a trial that she had concerns about her employer’s security arrangements and wanted to teach them a lesson by taking the cash before ultimately returning it.

She previously said that she she signed for a delivery of £4,000 from the Post Office that was meant to replenish the shop’s cash reserves before claiming it went missing.

Warwick said she found it in the back of the shop hidden in a box of bandages and then put it into her bank account before giving it back anonymously after she stopped working there.

Sheriff Philip Mann previously deferred sentence for reports after finding her guilty.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, defence agent Tommy Allan said an educational psychology report prepared about Warwick in 2012 suggested a background including Asperger Syndrome.

Sheriff Mann said she was guilty of a “serious” offence that isn’t taken lightly by the court.

However, he recognised that having Aspergers can “result in your way of thinking being different” and noted that all of the money had been paid back.

He placed Warwick under supervision for one year and gave her 60 hours of unpaid work.