HE FLEECED HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW...AND BLEW THE LOT AT THE BOOKIES Gam­bler stole widow’s cash

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor Ian Han­ney

A gam­bling ad­dict stole £2,000 from his widowed mother- in- law and blew it at the bookies.

Ian Han­ney, 49, con­vinced Janet Kelly, 72, to hand over her bank card af­ter her hus­band died from can­cer.

He pawned her jewellery and swin­dled her sav­ings af­ter she

tried to start a new life in Malta.

The crook ad­mit­ted trouser­ing the vic­tim’s state pen­sion af­ter he was hauled into Pais­ley Sher­iff Court.

Pros­e­cu­tor Joanne Gil­mour told how he per­suaded her to setup in­ter­net bank­ing for eas­ier ac­cess to her cash.

She said: “The ac­cused had been vis­it­ing on a daily ba­sis to give as­sis­tance.

“Fol­low­ing the death, the ac­cused was given a bank card and PIN for payment of fi­nan­cial ex­penses.

“She had only au­tho­rised him to use it for house­hold bills and gro­ceries – there was no per­mis­sion to use funds for any other pur­pose.

“He then per­suaded her it would be eas­ier to set-up in­ter­net bank­ing.

“She went to Malta, the ac­cused went as well, but re­turned home.

“She went back around Christ­mas and ar­range­ments were made that he would send money to her to cover her ex­penses.

“There seemed to an is­sue at some point about money not be­ing sent out to her and she re­turned home.

“She checked her bank state­ments and noted that there was money down from her ac­counts.”

Han­ney had been mar­ried to Mrs Kelly’s step-daugh­ter, Karen.

He had been treated to a hol­i­day to the Mediter­ranean is­land as thank you for help­ing when her hus­band passed.

Bu t the thief be­gan raid­ing her bank ac­counts af­ter be­com­ing hooked on bet­ting.

Han­ney even waited for her to leave the coun­try and pawned her jewellery for just £247 be­fore keep­ing the cash.

He was sup­posed to trans­fer money to her to help pay for ho­tel bills.

The dad- of- two was used his close re­la­tion­ship with his vic­tim’s for­mer hus­band to worm his way into her fi­nan­cial af­fairs and has been dis­owned by his es­tranged wife and son, 27.

His daugh­ter, 19, is stand­ing by him.

Han­ney was nabbed af­ter Mrs Kelly dis­cov­ered changes in her ac­count.

De­fence lawyer Rhona Lynch claims her client had to be med­i­cally re­tired af­ter 20 years with Di­a­geo af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and turned to drink and gam­bling.

Sh e said: “He sug­gested set­ting- up in­ter­net bank­ing so her money could be sent to his ac­count.

“Her pen­sion and ben­e­fits were paid into her ac­count and then trans­ferred into his ac­count.

“He was go­ing into West­ern Union with cash and she could go in and col­lect it in Malta.

“This hap­pened for a num­ber of months.

“Dur­ing this pe­riod, he had a sig­nif­i­cant gam­bling ad­dic­tion, he was drink­ing and his men­tal health was suf­fer­ing.”

Han­ney with­drew cash from the ac­counts at the Bank of Scot­land at Pais­ley Cross and trans­ferred money on­line and took the cash from the jewellery sale from a home in nearby El­lon Way.

The scam lasted six months be­fore he was caught in Au­gust 2015.

Sher­iff Seith Ire­land slammed the liar for the cruel theft.

He said: “This is a se­ri­ous mat­ter and you were in a po­si­tion of trust.

“You breached that trust and took a sub­stan­tial amount of money. It is a mat­ter for con­cern.”

Han­ney, of Hamilton Court, Pais­ley, has been or­dered to re­turn for sen­tenc­ing on Jan­uary 5.

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