Court to claw back cash taken by officer at Portsmouth’s navy base

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A DATE has been set for a court hearing to try to claw back some of the £40,000 a mess officer stole from Portsmouth’s navy base.

Josephine Hare took the cash over an 18-month period when she was working at HMS Nelson.

As reported in The News, the 55-year-old grandmother was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to two counts of theft.

Hare, of Billy Lawn Avenue, Leigh Park, had access to a safe where money from the sale of alcohol in the senior rates’ mess was kept and she helped herself to the cash.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard she spent the money on supporting her disabled husband, her daughter and five-year-old granddaughter.

She worked at the base for 10 years and took the money from 2009 up to her arrest in March last year.

She will be back in court on February 8 for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act when the judge will decide how much money she has to repay.