Hartlepool women accused of stealing from charity have trial date postponed

Angela Wilcox, former Manor Residents Association centre manager.
Angela Wilcox, former Manor Residents Association centre manager.
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A trial of three women accused of stealing from a residents’ charity has been delayed.

Angela Wilcox, Sarah Stead, and Carol Jeffries were due to stand trial at Teesside Crown Court accused of conspiring to steal money from Manor Residents’ Association in Hartlepool.

Carol Jeffries outside of Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Picture by FRANK REID

Carol Jeffries outside of Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Picture by FRANK REID

The court heard the trial could not start yesterday and has been adjourned until next month.

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe asked for the case to be adjourned during the hearing at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

Barristers for the three women opposed the application to adjourn the trial, saying the case against their clients is more than 
two years old, and the women are keen to know their fate.

Wilcox, 52, of Minch Road, Stead, 27, of Berkeley Avenue, and Jeffries, 58, of Owton Manor Lane, all Hartlepool, each deny conspiring to steal from the Manor Residents’ Association.

Sarah Louise Stead leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

Sarah Louise Stead leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

Judge Simon Phillips QC adjourned the trial.

The judge told the women: “I am sorry your trial could not proceed today as you anticipated it would.

“But I have to consider the overall justice of the case, and I am satisfied an adjournment is required for those needs to be met.”

The judge adjourned the case until February 1 when it is anticipated a new trial date will be set.

All of the women were released on bail, and all were told they do not need to attend the next hearing.