Doncaster court hears fishy tale of bouncing cheques

Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice

A woman who bought a puppy and fish for her new aquarium with dud cheques has been convicted by Doncaster magistrates.

Toni Louise Leyland, aged 31, of Orchard Lane, Moorends, denied five offences of making false representations but was found guilty after a trial.

The bench ordered her to complete 250 hours of unpaid community work and attend 14 sessions at a Together Women project.

The court heard she wrote cheques to buy a puppy for £220, a fish tank and equipment for £500, fish costing £52, two bikes and a scooter for £295, and a £400 burglar alarm between November 2012 and January 2013, when she knew there was insufficient funds in her bank account.

Leyland was also ordered to pay from her benefits a total of £1,467 in compensation to the traders.

She admitted breaching a conditional discharge for a previous offence of criminal damage committed in August 2012 but the court imposed no separate penalty.