Alleged fraudster fears publicity
AN alleged fraudster refused to come before a judge because she was fearful of publicity, a court heard.
Sarah Louisa Moore, right, is charged with 16 counts of fraud by false representation in May and June, after the death of two-year-old Levi Brailsford. The toddler fell out of a moving car onto Stockwood Lane and died from head injuries on May 11.
A fortnight later, 23-year-old Moore, of Silcox Road, Hartcliffe, is alleged to have knocked on doors in several areas of Bristol, including Redland and Withywood, falsely claiming to be collecting for Levi's headstone.
Moore was due to be produced at Bristol Crown Court but declined to leave custody.
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Tabitha Macfarlane, defending, said her client was aware of publicity about the case. She said: "I presume the only fear is the Post."
Moore's fraud allegations relate to incidents between May 25 and June 2. During this time Moore is accused of having collected sums of money ranging from £1 to £10 and totalling more than £25.
Some of the charges relate to incidents in which Moore is alleged to have asked for money from people but was not been given any.
Moore has pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraud by false representation, relating to alleged false charity collections on May 29.
Judge Martin Picton gave Moore two weeks in which, if she comes to court and pleads guilty, she will receive credit for pleas.