Former school worker conned man, 81

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A FORMER public school worker conned a pensioner out of cash claiming he was collecting sponsorship for a sick child.

Father-of-four, Darren Sim, 38, of Hamlet Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to fraud.

He was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment suspended for 12 months, put on one year’s supervision and ordered to pay £85 costs and £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistates.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said Sim went to the Fleetwood home of an 81-year-old man whose wife suffered from dementia at 3pm on December 18.

He said his daughter was sponsoring a child who was ill, she had already collected £90 and was going on a sponsored walk. Sim was given £5. A suspicious neighbour challenged Sim and he later gave the £5 back to the victim.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had shown genuine remorse and had been embarrassed about what he had done.

He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

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