Blackburn woman who blew most of £40,000 inheritance turned to theft
2:18pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
MONEY brought anything but happiness to a young woman who inherited more than £40,000.
Blackburn magistrates heard Jasmine Astin became a target for ‘false friends’ and, after blowing most of the money, ended up living in a garage at her grandmother’s house.
The friends ran out when the money did, but a sum of £14,000, which was not available until her 21st birthday, was still causing her problems.
Andrew Church-Taylor, defending, said Astin’s benefits had been stopped because the authorities ruled she had funds, despite them not being available to her. He said: “It is her money, but she will not have access to it until March.
“In the meantime, she has no means of support and that is why she has been stealing from shops.”
Astin, 20, of East Park Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to stealing perfume pens, worth £30, from Debenhams, and toiletries, worth £14, from B & M Bargains. She was remanded on bail for a pre-sentence report.