Sentencing adjourned for former Manea postmistress and ex-COWA lecturer on fraud charge

FORMER Manea postmistress Cecilia Mary Larham will not be sentenced for fraud until next month after her case was adjourned today.

Recorder Christopher Forsyth refused to sentence Larham, who has admitted one charge of fraud, because a pre-sentence report had not yet been compiled.

Larham, 51, a former lecturer at the College of West Anglia, has lived in Manea for 26 years and was the village’s postmistress between 1985-2005.

She opened the Manea School of Gardening in September last year, having formerly run Thyme House Plant Nursery.

Larham, of School Lane, Manea, faces one charge relating to the use of a fraudulent document or signature when cashing in a trust fund.

Jason Stevens, mitigating, told Huntingdon Crown Court that the case was “complicated”.

Mr Stevens said: “Mrs Larham has never been in custody before and this is a rather complicated matter. She is a carer for her mother and a businesswoman.”

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Adjourning the case until January 4, Recorder Forsyth said: “I’m not prepared to sentence you without a pre-sentence report and, for that reason, I’m adjourning this matter.”