Spare fraud­sters jail says 86-year-old vic­tim

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Court reporter

An el­derly Gar­gun­nock woman wants the two ex-po­lice of­fi­cers who drained her bank ac­counts of £60,000 to be spared jail.

Sen­tence has been de­ferred on An­drew and Jean Rough who were last month con­victed at trial of em­bez­zling money from An­drew’s 86-year-old mother Gla­dys over a pe­riod of over five years.

They splashed the cash on a new-build home, a sum­mer house for their back gar­den and laser eye surgery while squan­der­ing up to £700-a-month buy­ing trol­ley-loads of gro­ceries.

Stirling Sher­iff Court heard how the with­drawals be­gan af­ter Gla­dys’ hus­band An­drew, who died last year, was taken to hos­pi­tal with a stroke and the com­plainer handed her son and daugh­ter-in-law her bank cards to do her £30 weekly shop and to col­lect money to pay her gar­dener and cleaner.

The duo ended up tak­ing up to £12,000 each year – run­ning one of Gla­dys’ac­counts down to just 37 pence caus­ing a di­rect debit to bounce and her phone to be cut off.

Sher­iff Gilchrist

How­ever, An­drew Rough’s Ad­vo­cate Lewis Kennedy said this week that the com­plainer didn’t want ei­ther ac­cused to re­ceive prison sen­tences.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Gilchrist con­tin­ued the case for a vic­tim im­pact state­ment and for more in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances of both ac­cused.

He said:“I take the view that I need more in­for­ma­tion. If I am to con­sider an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody I need to con­sider the op­tion of com­pen­sa­tion.

“I do not have suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to their in­come, ex­pen­di­ture and as­sets at present. I will also con­tinue for a vic­tim im­pact state­ment from the com­plainer.”

An­drew Rough, who is aged 58, and wife Jean (58), of Al­loa, were or­dered to re­turn to court on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 10.

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