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Man sneaked into ex-wife's house to steal cash from brother-in-law
3:31pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A MAN sneaked into his ex-wife’s Golborne home in order to steal cash belonging to his brother-in-law.
Bernard Young’s ex-wife had become the signatory on her 68-year-old brother’s bank account so she could make weekly withdrawals of £160 to buy shopping and other essentials for him.
In January 2007, Young began stealing the bank card and making similar withdrawals on almost a weekly basis to avoid arousing suspicion.
When Young, aged 48 and of no fixed abode, split from his wife in 2009 he still had a key to her Bank Street home in Golborne. Over the next three years, Young frequently broke into her house, usually in the early hours of the morning and took the bank card before withdrawing cash from a nearby machine and returning the card.
On occasion, he would sneak into his wife’s bedroom while she was asleep as the card was kept in her handbag. This led to her having nightmares after believing she had seen a figure in her room.
Young admitted that it was him stealing the bank card and had withdrawn £31,080 - his brother-in-law’s life savings - over the six year period.
The crime only came to light when his ex-wife was unable to make withdrawal for her brother because he had insufficient funds.
Young spent £20,000 of that cash on a barge boat and at the time of his arrest was living on Crook Marina, Wigan. He had refurbished the barge.
He admitted six counts of fraud by false representation and at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday and was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing today, Monday, it was ruled that he had benefited by £35,300 from his crimes.
Based on available assets, including equity in property, cash and the barge he was ordered to repay his victim the full amount of £35,300 within six months or be jailed for nine months and still be eligible for the repayment.
Financial investigator Keith Graham, said: “This was some of the most shameless behaviour, driven by greed, that I have come across.
“To deliberately break into his ex-wife’s home on what must have been in excess of 100 times really does defy belief.
“Thankfully he invested a large chunk of what he stole in assets, like the barge, and subsequently and as a result of our financial investigation and POCA legislation, the victim will now get his life savings back.”
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