Addict’s theft left grandad £3k out of pocket

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A CALLOUS grandson who was addicted to drugs stole thousands of pounds of his grandfather’s savings.

Clifford Martin also applied for a pay-day loan online naming his grandfather Brian as guarantor without asking for his permission.

The 74-year-old pensioner ended up more that £3,000 out of pocket, Blackpool magistrates were told.

Martin, 31, unemployed, of Osborne Road, South Shore, Blackpool, admitted theft and fraud.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on a three-month tagged curfew from 7pm to 7am and ordered to pay £250 compensation.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Martin used his grandfather’s post office card while the pensioner was on holiday in France, withdrawing sums totalling £2,220.

Martin also took out an on-line loan for £400 naming his grandfather as guarantor without asking his permission.

The pensioner became liable for the loan and interest and had to pay back £818.

Steven Townley, defending, said Martin was left his grandfather’s post office card and pin number to use for small amounts of essentials, such as food, but he went completely over the top in taking money out with the card as he was addicted to heroin at the time.

Mr Townley added the online company should have checked the details Martin gave.

Martin was now off drugs and had made-up with his grandfather.

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