Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Barbara Kuligowska the Cleaner who stole £90,000 of jewellery from Tory minister's wife walks free from court because she is a single mother

A Tory minister's cleaner who stole more than £90,000-worth of jewellery has avoided jail - because she is a single mother.

Barbara Kuligowska, 30, took the jewellery from Sallie, wife of Tory energy minister Charles Hendry, while she was cleaning their Westminster home.

The Polish worker was employed by the couple at their six-bedroom house for four years.

Among the jewellery she stole from them was a pair of Cartier earrings worth £25,000 and a diamond studded elephant brooch worth £8,950.

Southwark Crown Court heard Kuligowska had stolen the items and sold them for a fraction of the cost 'to make ends meet.' She was said to have pocketed as little as £6,000 from the sale of the items.

Several items later turned up on the internet and in pawnbrokers in London. However, the vast majority of the jewellery has not been recovered.

But Kuligowska, a mother of one, walked free after the judge, Peter Susman QC, handed her a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years, and ordered her to perform 60 hours unpaid work.

He said: 'This was a very serious offence indeed. Read More