Experts call for non-jail sentence in Bowker case

Kathryn Kimberley

LAWYERS for a woman who stole from her boss to satisfy a need “to keep up with the Joneses”, fought tooth and nail yesterday to keep her out of prison.

Expert witnesses, including a university professor and a renowned psychologist, told the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court a term in jail would not be beneficial to Louise Bowker.

They urged the court to find an alternative punishment for the pretty redhead, who admitted to stealing R1.4-million from a Grahamstown vet in order to fund her lavish lifestyle.

The cash was spent on her children’s fees at private school St Andrew’s Prep, her horse-riding passion, family holidays and eating out.

Sentence proceedings continue on February 27 next year.


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