Thief stole £1,200 from vul­ner­a­ble dis­abled man

Macclesfield Express - - BY-ELECTION PREVIEW - STU­ART GREER

ATHIEF who ad­mit­ted steal­ing hun­dreds of pounds from a vul­ner­a­ble dis­abled man is fac­ing jail.

Wil­liam Scott of­fered to help his vic­tim, who also suf­fers from epilepsy, by do­ing his shop­ping and go­ing to the bank for him.

But 32-year-old Scott abused his trust and stole £1,200 from him.

Scott, of Rainow Road, Hurds­field, has now ad­mit­ted the thefts, along with a string of shoplift­ing of­fences.

He has been warned that he could face prison when he is sen­tenced on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Katie Gaskell, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The vic­tim knew Scott from years ago when he used to drink at the de­fen­dant’s mother’s pub.

“In June, Scott be­gan as­sist­ing the vic­tim by go­ing to the shops or bank for him. He was vul­ner­a­ble.

“He was dis­abled fol­low­ing an in­jury and suf­fers from epilepsy.

“Ini­tially Scott was very help­ful but even­tu­ally that trust was abused when he took cash from the vic­tim.

“On Au­gust 15 he took £200 cash from him. The rest was a loan of £1,000 which he never paid back.

“The abuse of trust of a vul­ner­a­ble per­son are ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum- stances.”

The court heard that Scott was shoplift­ing be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber, last year.

He ad­mit­ted theft of meat from Sains­bury’s on Au­gust 22, theft of al­co­hol from Sains­bury’s on Au­gust 28, theft of meat from Sains­bury’s on Septem­ber 4, theft of fra­grance worth £65 from Boots in Mac­cles­field on Oc­to­ber 19 and theft of al­co­hol from the Co-op on Oc­to­ber 28.

Scott also ad­mit­ted theft of a bi­cy­cle worth £400 from the front gar­den of a house in New Mills on Septem­ber 15.

Ms Gaskell said: “The shoplift­ing in­volved him go­ing into stores and then leav­ing with­out goods.

“Some­times he was caught in the act, other times recog­nised by se­cu­rity staff on CCTV.

“The bi­cy­cle was stolen from a gar­den and was caught on the own­ers’ neigh­bour’s CCTV.”

An­nis Row­lands, de­fend­ing, said heroin ad­dic­tion was at the heart his crimes.

She said: “At one time he had a long term re­la­tion­ship.

“But his world fell apart and he be­came en­trenched in heroin use.

“He is try­ing to get away from that now.”

Mag­is­trates said the of­fences against the vul­ner­a­ble vic­tim were ‘a par­tic­u­lar con­cern’ and or­dered an all op­tions re­port from pro­ba­tion.

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