A Cardenden woman, who stole more than £26,000 from her gran, has avoided a jail term. 

Instead, 30-year-old Cherilyn Wilson, of Westfield Brae, was ordered to do unpaid work when she appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. 

She previously admitted that between June 4 and 1December 17, 2019 at addresses in Kelty, the Royal Bank of Scotland, East Port, Dunfermline and elsewhere, she stole sums of money totalling £26,077 from the woman, then aged 75. 

The money was repeatedly removed in multiple small transactions from the gran’s bank account. 

The court was told earlier that Wilson would often visit her gran to do chores. The gran kept her PIN number in her purse for Wilson to use if required for these chores. 

In May 2019, Wilson said she was £2000 in debt and the gran agreed to give her the money. 

Online banking was set up on the account with Wilson using her own details to do this but the gran had not wanted to use this function. 

It was only later when she went to the bank to ask why she was not being sent statements in the post that she was told online banking had been set up. 

The court was told the victim has had the money reimbursed by the bank. 

Sheriff Susan Duff imposed a community payback order with 300 hours of unpaid work.