Stroke victim’s ‘friend’ stole her purse

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A MAN caring for a 69-year-old stroke victim stole hundreds of pounds from her purse when they came to Blackpool on holiday.

Simon Greig also tried to throttle a woman who saw him dispose of his victim’s purse in a rubbish bin.

Greig, 44, of Dumbregan Gardens, Edinburgh, admitted theft of £400, assault and possession of cannabis.

He was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, a three months curfew from 9pm to 7am and to pay compensation of £400 for the purse and £50 for the assault plus £60 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.

Sharon Child, prosecuting, said Greig accompanied the stroke victim on holiday to the resort on February 15 when they stayed in the Royal Seabank Hotel on the Promenade.

Ms Cooper had her purse in a bag attached to her walking frame and when she returned to her room the purse was missing.

Greig said he would go and look for it but two woman saw him putting the purse into a bin on the Promenade at about 8.45pm.

One woman retrieved the purse and asked Greig if it was his, but he grabbed the woman with both hands round her neck and shook her.

Steven Townley, defending, said Greig had acted as an informal carer for the victim at her home, doing shopping and walking the dog. 
Greig, who did not often drink, had had a lot of alcohol on the day of the offence.

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