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Drug-using Workington man stole more than £2,000 from his dad

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] DRUG user who stole more than £2,000 from his dad’s bank account has been jailed.

Joseph Gill junior had a bank account opened in the name of his retired father, 68-year-old Joseph senior, who was seeking to assist his cash-strapped son.

Gill junior was given a debit card for an account into which benefits were paid.

But Carlisle Crown Court heard how “temptation got the better” of the 46-year-old. He transferred £2,085 out of his parents’ joint account, and was then caught on camera as he made a host of ATM cash withdrawals.

Gill junior, formerly of Falcon Street, Workington, but now of no fixed abode, was convicted of theft after a magistrates’ court trial he failed to attend in November.” He was handed a 16-week jail term when he appeared for sentence at the crown court today (FRI).

In a victim impact statement summarised in court, Mr Gill senior spoke of being left “disgusted” by his son’s dishonesty.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said: “He describes that his good nature has been taken advantage of.”

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