'Justice has not been done' say Royal British Legion in Borehamwood after Gillian Fowler walks free

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Organisers of a charity that lost thousands of pounds to a woman who yesterday walked free from court believe justice has not been done.

Gillian Fowler, 71, of Tallis Way in Borehamwood, was yesterday given 21 months in jail suspended for 21 months when she appeared at St Albans Crown Court.

She pleaded guilty to stealing £10,659 from the Royal British Legion in Shenley Road, where she was treasurer for three years.

Fowler stole half of the club’s £6,600 membership fees for 2012-13, which she had been trusted to bank, walking away with £3279, three quarters of which was cash.

She also forged the signature of the British Legion’s chairman David Lowther to cash eight cheques between April and August last year, totalling £7,380.

In sentencing her, Judge Warner said she deserved to go to prison for her “thoroughly mean” crimes, however her age and poor mental and physical health led him suspend the sentence.

Chairman of the women’s section of the Royal British Legion Pat Lowther, described the lenient sentence as “sickening”.

She said: “The judge let her off paying compensation because she doesn’t have any money, but the money she received from her pensions is quite a lot more than I and my husband get between us.”

Her husband Mr Lowther, said: “The thing is we trusted Gill. We’re not happy about this sentence at all. I think the court should have used her to set an example.

“Now people will think they can steal from charities like ours and get away with it.”

Vice-chairman of the British Legion Dennis Stilwell said he felt “justice had not been done”.

He added: “I am 70 and I’m not in that good health and am on quite a lot of medication but I would have gone to prison had I been guilty of what she has done.

“The worst thing is, if she’d told us she was in difficult financial circumstances we would have done something to help her. Now it’s too late.”

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5:21pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mr.taxpayer says...

This is a complete P*%$ take.

There were 2 young scrotes recently jailed for nicking a legion charity collection tin and I bet that didnt contain £10,659 but they were still sent away as it was WHO they were nicking off that made it so bad.

Why does this old wrinkly scab get away with doing the same?
This is a complete P*%$ take. There were 2 young scrotes recently jailed for nicking a legion charity collection tin and I bet that didnt contain £10,659 but they were still sent away as it was WHO they were nicking off that made it so bad. Why does this old wrinkly scab get away with doing the same? mr.taxpayer
  • Score: 16

5:42pm Fri 7 Mar 14

TFEB says...

Someone involved should ask the attorney general to determine if the sentence should be appealed for being unduly lenient.

If this person is not genuinely ill, I expect she will be ostracised by the local community.
Someone involved should ask the attorney general to determine if the sentence should be appealed for being unduly lenient. If this person is not genuinely ill, I expect she will be ostracised by the local community. TFEB
  • Score: 10

1:46pm Sat 8 Mar 14

david Burcombe says...

The CPS should ask for a retrial with a different Judge. From what I understand this was her third offence. Others commit one offence and go to prison
This sentence is giving the wrong message to would be embezzlers that crime pays and not the old saying "Do the crime Do the Time"
The CPS should ask for a retrial with a different Judge. From what I understand this was her third offence. Others commit one offence and go to prison This sentence is giving the wrong message to would be embezzlers that crime pays and not the old saying "Do the crime Do the Time" david Burcombe
  • Score: 8

3:21pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Reader (R) says...

david Burcombe wrote:
The CPS should ask for a retrial with a different Judge. From what I understand this was her third offence. Others commit one offence and go to prison
This sentence is giving the wrong message to would be embezzlers that crime pays and not the old saying "Do the crime Do the Time"
Why ask for a re-trial? There was nothing wrong with the trial, it is the sentence that needs addressing. As suggested in other posts above the people that were wronged have the right to ask the Attorney General to review the sentence.
[quote][p][bold]david Burcombe[/bold] wrote: The CPS should ask for a retrial with a different Judge. From what I understand this was her third offence. Others commit one offence and go to prison This sentence is giving the wrong message to would be embezzlers that crime pays and not the old saying "Do the crime Do the Time"[/p][/quote]Why ask for a re-trial? There was nothing wrong with the trial, it is the sentence that needs addressing. As suggested in other posts above the people that were wronged have the right to ask the Attorney General to review the sentence. Reader (R)
  • Score: 13

6:21pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Sunny_D_Wood says...

This woman should definitely be sent to prison AND pay money back from her pension until the end of her days. This is disgraceful.

I agree that the Attorney General should review the sentence.

Even if she were ill (which I MASSIVELY doubt) she should be made to pay back the money. No two ways about it. More than 70% of the prison population has two or more mental health disorders so the fact that she is pleading insanity or whatever she pleaded is NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

People have to be accountable for their actions. It's a green light to others to steal.

Shameful to the core.
This woman should definitely be sent to prison AND pay money back from her pension until the end of her days. This is disgraceful. I agree that the Attorney General should review the sentence. Even if she were ill (which I MASSIVELY doubt) she should be made to pay back the money. No two ways about it. More than 70% of the prison population has two or more mental health disorders so the fact that she is pleading insanity or whatever she pleaded is NOT GOOD ENOUGH! People have to be accountable for their actions. It's a green light to others to steal. Shameful to the core. Sunny_D_Wood
  • Score: 2

6:21pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Sunny_D_Wood says...

mr.taxpayer wrote:
This is a complete P*%$ take.

There were 2 young scrotes recently jailed for nicking a legion charity collection tin and I bet that didnt contain £10,659 but they were still sent away as it was WHO they were nicking off that made it so bad.

Why does this old wrinkly scab get away with doing the same?
Totally agree. SHAMEFUL!
[quote][p][bold]mr.taxpayer[/bold] wrote: This is a complete P*%$ take. There were 2 young scrotes recently jailed for nicking a legion charity collection tin and I bet that didnt contain £10,659 but they were still sent away as it was WHO they were nicking off that made it so bad. Why does this old wrinkly scab get away with doing the same?[/p][/quote]Totally agree. SHAMEFUL! Sunny_D_Wood
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Sat 15 Mar 14

david Burcombe says...

Cios the judge was too soft like the judge sometime back who let a rapist go free.
Cios the judge was too soft like the judge sometime back who let a rapist go free. david Burcombe
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