Nova Scotia

House arrest for woman who stole from shelter

A 35-year-old Sydney woman has been sentenced to three months' house arrest for stealing nearly $13,000 from the women's shelter where she worked.

A 35-year-old Sydney woman has been sentenced to three months' house arrest for stealing nearly $13,000 from the women's shelter where she worked.

Barbara Macquarrie appeared in a Sydney, N.S., court with family members Thursday morning.

She brought a certified cheque for the amount she stole from Transition House between August of 2009 and March of 2010.

Judge Peter Ross told Macquarrie her sentence would likely have been different if she had not been able to make restitution.

Macquarrie, a single mother of three who was experiencing financial difficulties when she stole the money, wept throughout the sentencing.

Ross said his sympathy for her was outweighed by his sympathy for the shelter, its dedicated employees and the women and children it serves.

The theft was discovered in a routine audit of Transition House books.

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