Parents of 9-year-old boy battling cancer have been accused of stealing laptops from the hospital where he was being treated
A mum has appeared in court accused of receiving laptops and other equipment her partner allegedly stole from a childrens’ cancer ward where their son was being treated.
Kim Agers, 34, pleaded not guilty to one charge of receiving stolen goods worth £3,234.21 in July this year.
The items in question were three Toshiba laptops and some HD Livestreaming equipment belonging to Joanne Shepheard of the Candlelighters charity.
Magistrates in Leeds, West Yorks., were told that the charge relates to property allegedly stolen from a cancer ward by her former partner Matthew Ingham.
The couple’s nine year-old son Callum was being cared for on the ward at Leeds General Infirmary for aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
Ingham, 37, of Keighley., West Yorks., has been charged with four counts of theft and was not in court yesterday and has yet to enter a plea.
It has been previously reported that the charges relate to equipment taken from the children’s cancer unit at Leeds General Infirmary.
Stephen Rushton, prosecuting, said the property was “taken from a cancer ward by the defendant’s partner”.
He added Agers, of Ilkley, West Yorks., allegedly handled the goods “to sell them via social media”.
The court heard that Ingham had admitted having the items but said “he took them from his son and his son took said items”.
Siobhan White, for Angers, told the court that the couple had separated in August.
Both defendants are due to appear together at the same court next week.
District Judge David Kitson told Agers she would appear with her ex “who is charged with related offences which I am sure you are aware”.
Agers, dressed in jeans, jumper and basketball boots, spoke to confirm her name, date of birth and address and to enter her plea in the short 15 minute hearing.
She was released on conditional bail.