Lincolnshire man stole cash from his grieving mum's bank account
A MAN used his mother's bank card to withdraw hundreds of pounds from her account behind her back, Lincoln Crown Court had heard.
Timothy Blythe moved in to help look after his mum in April this year after her own mother died, assisting her around the house and in her garden.
But Christopher Geeson, prosecuting, said that Blythe obtained the PIN number to her bank card after looking over her shoulder while she was using a cash machine.
Blythe then took the card and made a series of withdrawals totalling £680.
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His mother only discovered what had happened when she went to the bank to check the balance on her account.
Mr Geeson said: "The defendant admitted to her that he had taken the money."
The court was told that Blythe has since repaid some of the money.
Blythe, 36, of Hale Road, Heckington, admitted three charges of fraud between July 15 and August 29.
He was given a 12 month community order with 300 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Sean Morris told him: "Whilst your mother was grieving you stole from her. I cannot think of a lower form of human being."
Andrew Kerrigan, defending, said that after the offences were revealed Blythe went on holiday with his mother.
He said: "He accepted his responsibility as soon as his mother became aware. He made admissions to the police and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
"He is devastated by what he has done and is remorseful."
He said that Blythe had already spent a number of weeks in custody while on remand awaiting his sentence at the Crown Court.