Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thief Took Advantage of Relatives; Man Back in Prison for Taking Thousands of Pounds

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thief Took Advantage of Relatives; Man Back in Prison for Taking Thousands of Pounds

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt

A SCHEMING grandfather who stole from a family member with severe learning difficulties while fleecing his own elderly mother has been sent back to prison.

Thieving David Webster lined his pockets with thousands of pounds from his brother-in-law after being given power of attorney over his affairs as his only living relative.

At the same time the 61-year-old was plundering cash from his dementia-suffering mother and used his ill-gotten gains to fund holidays, a new car and clothes.

As we reported previously, Webster was jailed for 30 months in 2016 for taking PS114,000 from his mum, who had passed control of her finances on to him.

More recently, it was revealed he had also been stealing from his brother-in-law at the same time, to the tune of more than PS8,000.

Now he has been sent back to prison for 18 months. Judge Sarah Mallett, at Newcastle Crown Court, told Webster: "You were funding your lifestyle to the tune of a substantial amount each month from your mother's account and also from your brother-in-law's. This involved a breach of trust and it took place over a sustained period of time.

"The court is concerned to protect vulnerable members of society from exploitation from their relatives. This is an offence that has had a high impact on a particularly vulnerable victim in the circumstances.

This was sustained over a period of time against a vulnerable family member and it's not, in my judgement, appropriate to suspend the sentence."

Webster, of South Durham Court, Hendon, Sunderland, admitted the theft of PS8,655 from the vulnerable man over a fouryear period. The victim told the court in a statement: "The whole incident has made me feel a lot more anxious and depressed.

"I've gone through a range of emotions and I think about it every day, I even dreamt about it. …

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