Daughter’s anguish at ‘lenient’ sentences

Alison McLoughlin, of Kairnryan Close in Bispham, who believes her father James died of a stroke and heart attack because of the theft of his credit card. Alison with a treasured photo of her dad.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 19-12-2012

Alison McLoughlin, of Kairnryan Close in Bispham, who believes her father James died of a stroke and heart attack because of the theft of his credit card. Alison with a treasured photo of her dad. PIC BY ROB LOCK 19-12-2012

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THE daughter of a man who died two days after having his credit card stolen today hit out at the “lenient” sentences handed to those convicted of defrauding her father.

James McLoughlin, 74, of Kilmory Place, Bispham, suffered a fatal stroke and heart attack just 48 hours after having his credit card stolen with £1,600 taken from his account.

One thief was, last week, recalled to prison for being in breach of the terms of his parole licence while his accomplice received a Community Order when they were sentenced for the theft of Mr McLoughlin’s credit card and fraud at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Mr McLoughlin’s daughter Alison, of Kairnryan Close, Bispham, told The Gazette of her anguish at the sentences as she recalled the events preceding her father’s death in October.

She said: “Is that all my dad’s life was worth?

“He was so ill at the time.

“He said a man had been in to his flat but by the time he’d got around to finding out who they were he was unable to identify him, I’m just so angry.

“On the Friday night after it happened he said he wasn’t feeling so good and on the Saturday morning when I got back to see him he’d had a heart attack and a stroke. I truly believe it was the shock of everything.

“It’s just unbelievable, how can you do that to an old man.”

The thief recalled to prison received a further 28 day prison sentence on top of what he 
was already due to serve.

His accomplice received a community order, must do 120 hours unpaid work and pay £500 compensation as a result of the incident.

As well as his daughter, Mr McLoughlin is survived by granddaughters Rebecca, 20, and Bernadette, 15.

Alison today paid tribute to her father, describing him as a popular and happy man.

She said: “He was a happy go lucky man and he was a well-liked person around Blackpool and Bispham.

“He was well-liked by a lot of people and he was a real 
character.”

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