Man jailed for tak­ing funds for Rigby’s son

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

A fundraiser has been jailed for fail­ing to hand over more than £20,000 raised for Lee Rigby’s son.

Gary Gard­ner was told he would serve half of a two-and-a-half-year sen­tence for two counts of fraud in the three years af­ter the sol­dier’s mur­der by ter­ror­ists in 2013.

The lorry driver, 56, who has con­vic­tions for theft and fraud dat­ing to 1980 and 1995, showed no emo­tion as he was told he had caused trauma to the sol­dier’s widow, Re­becca Rigby.

Gard­ner, of Med­bourne in Le­ices­ter­shire, who was found guilty on Thurs­day af­ter an eight­day trial, was ac­cused of us­ing some of the char­ity funds to “prop up” his over­drawn bank ac­count.

Though Gard­ner paid about £4,000 to other char­i­ties af­ter fundrais­ing events, he failed to pay a fur­ther £20,250 do­nated by the pub­lic to help Rigby’s son, Jack.

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