Bricklayer stole £860 from his partner’s mother
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’
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