Jail for man who stole from his ex-part­ner

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By Court Re­porter news­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk @thescar­boronews

A man who stole cash from his ex-part­ner af­ter she was knocked out by a Val­ium tablet has been jailed for 16 months.

Reece Hardy, 27, gave the vic­tim the Val­ium while they were out in Scar­bor­ough, and when she passed out he raided her purse and took out her bank card, keys and £25 in cash, York Crown Court heard.

An am­bu­lance was called and while the vic­tim was beNovem­ber trans­ported to hos­pi­tal, Hardy with­drew £75 from her ac­count us­ing the stolen bank card.

Pros­e­cu­tor Vic­to­ria Barker said the vic­tim, who was named in court, woke up in hos­pi­tal to dis­cover all her bank cards were miss­ing.

Hardy was ar­rested and charged with theft from the per­son, fraud and breach­ing a sus­pended prison sen­tence. He ad­mit­ted the of­fences and ap­peared for sen­tence via video link.

Ms Barker said Hardy had met up with his ex-part­ner in Scar­bor­ough town cen­tre on 15 and they went for a drink in a lo­cal pub where he handed her a Val­ium tablet which she swal­lowed.

“That re­sulted in her pass­ing out,” added Ms Barker. “The de­fen­dant goes into her purse and takes out £25 and a num­ber of her bank cards and keys.”

She said Hardy with­drew £75 from a cash ma­chine, in three sep­a­rate with­drawals, even be­fore the vic­tim ar­rived at hos­pi­tal at about 7.30pm.

Ms Barker said that Hardy, of Lons­dale Road, Scar­bor­ough, was on bail at the time af­ter be­ing pre­vi­ously ar­rest­ing ed and charged with an al­leged crim­i­nal-dam­age of­fence in Sep­tem­ber. Part of his bail con­di­tions was not to con­tact his ex-part­ner.

The shock­ing of­fences oc­curred just a week af­ter Hardy had been con­victed of as­sault­ing a teenager with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in Scar­bor­ough town cen­tre in July.

David Camidge, for Hardy, said his client’s of­fend­ing was fu­elled by al­co­hol.

Jail­ing Hardy for 16 months, judge Si­mon Hickey said he had taken ad­van­tage of his ex-part­ner af­ter she had passed out.

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