A British woman was sentenced to a year in prison in the north on Wednesday for a theft from her employer she had committed in 2002.

The decision was handed down at the Kyrenia high criminal court, where it was heard that she had stolen 986 million pre-revaluation Turkish lira – equivalent to 28,400TL (€904.68) in today’s money.

She was subsequently arrested before fleeing the north for a total of 15 years, before returning this year and being rearrested on arrival.

She was sentenced by a tripartite panel of judges led by judge Mine Ozankaya, who said the woman’s crime had “shaken the trust between employer and employee”.