Man jailed for taking funds for Rigby’s son
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.