Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cashpoint Sneak Thief Struck Time and Again; CARER WHO RIPPED OFF AN 89-YEAR-OLD MAN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cashpoint Sneak Thief Struck Time and Again; CARER WHO RIPPED OFF AN 89-YEAR-OLD MAN

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Byline: GARRY WILLEY

CLUTCHING a credit card, this is pensioner-fleecing Stephen Kinuthia caught in the act.

The callous career was supposed to be looking after 89-year-old Robert Young at the Sovereign Lodge home in Westerhope, Newcastle.

But instead he pocketed his NatWest card and PIN number.

The crook then launched a whirlwind of wild spending, drawing the maximum amount of money day after day from cash machines, travelling to London, and even jetting off for a city break in Paris. s

Kinuthia, who later confessed he had "gone mad" with greed, spent a staggering pounds 6,453 in just 16 days.

And as he begins a 15-month sentence behind bars, shell-shocked Mr Young fears his savings, and his faith in people, have gone for good.

Alan Brockbank, prosecuting, said: "He is not going to be recompensed by the bank because he had the PIN and card together.

"The bank is not going to reimburse him the amount stolen."

Mr Young says he kept the card with the ID number written on a piece of paper in a wallet in his jacket hanging in a wardrobe.

Kinuthia, 30, from Park Court in Gateshead town centre, later told detectives he found the card and number in the laundry and succumbed to temptation.

"He used the card extensively between April 19 and May 5," Mr Brockbank said. "Investigations showed it had been used to withdraw cash from machines every day to a total of pounds 3,811. The defendant also used the stolen card to purchase a number of items and those 75 transactions amounted to pounds 2,642."

They included the trip to London and the Paris jaunt when Kinuthia, who had booked on easyJet, used the card in both cities.

He admitted theft and two further offences of fraud.

Recorder Christopher Bourne-Arton told him: "Having stolen this 89-year-old's debit card you then set out to take as much from him as you could. You took just short of pounds 6,500 for your own self-satisfaction and greed.

"You were his carer. …

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