Man stole from his friend

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man stole hundreds of pounds from a woman friend who allowed him to stay at her home – and spent it on gambling.

Matthew Sharman was then so ashamed he went to police and confessed.

Sharman, 28, of no fixed address, who pleaded guilty to theft of £200, had his case adjourned for pre-sentence reports by District Judge Huw Edwards sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told Sharman: “This is a serious matter, You have broken the trust of a friend just to feed your gambling habit.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the victim trusted Sharman on occasions with her bank card and on November 24 asked him to withdraw £40 for items she needed.

He failed to return and she discovered an extra £200 had been taken.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said her client, who had no previous convictions, had been wracked with guilt over what he had done.

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