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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