Brick­layer stole £860 from his part­ner’s mother

Macclesfield Express - - NATIVITY PICTURES - STU­ART GREER

AMAN has ad­mit­ted steal­ing his girl­friend’s mother’s sav­ings.

Ryan Shane John­son, 26, pock­eted £860 af­ter he was al­lowed to live with Anna Hughes and her mum Ni­cola, mag­is­trates were told.

He stole the cash to pay off a drugs debt, pros­e­cu­tors said. When the theft was dis­cov­ered Mrs Hughes called the po­lice and John­son’s fin­ger­prints were found on the tin where the money was kept, the court was told.

John­son, of Green­field Road, Bolling­ton, ad­mit­ted theft at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court. He was or­dered to com­plete 60 hours un­paid work and pay back ev­ery penny he stole.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said the theft took place be­tween Septem­ber 1 and 30. She said: “Ni­cola Hughes, the vic­tim, is the mother of Anna who was in a re­la­tion­ship with the de­fen­dant who was liv­ing in his house at the time.

“He moved into the house in April. While liv­ing there he was smok­ing cannabis.

“Mrs Hughes kept a red money tin she had be fil­ing with £10 and £20 notes for years. She knew there was two bun­dles of £1,000 and loose notes on top. There was at least £4,500 be­fore the theft took place.

“The de­fen­dant’s fin­ger- prints were found on the tin. He was asked to move out of the ad­dress. He apol­o­gised over Face­book for tak­ing the money and promised to pay it back. He’s be­lieved to have taken £860. He told po­lice that he took it to pay back a debt for co­caine. He has a drug habit which in­volves co­caine and cannabis. It has got worse since the in­ci­dent.”

In a mov­ing state­ment read out to mag­is­trates Mrs Hughes said the in­ci­dent has left the fam­ily feel­ing be­trayed.

She added: “It has caused is­sues as my daugh­ter has stayed with him. I feel torn up. I faced a choice of los­ing my daugh­ter or let­ting him get away with it. It has left my fam­ily in pieces.”

The court heard that John­son, a brick­layer, had left com­pelled to steal the money be­cause he had been threat­ened to pay back a drugs debt.

John Gal­lagher, de­fend­ing, said the de­fen­dant had al­ready paid back £200 be­fore his ap­pear­ance in court.

He added: “Mr John­son feels thor­oughly ashamed of him­self. This is a breach of trust and he has to try and put mat­ters right.”

‘He [said] he took it to pay back a drug debt’

●» A man and women po­lice want to speak to in re­la­tion to a theft from Boots on Park Lane, Poyn­ton (above)

●» A woman po­lice want to speak to fol­low­ing a theft at the Co-op store

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