JAILED: Drug addict who stole nearly £20k from pensioner he befriended at Gala Bingo in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: JAIL: Lewis Mann JAIL: Lewis Mann

A DRUG addict who stole nearly £20,000 from a kind-hearted pensioner who let him lodge at her home was jailed for a year.

Lewis Mann, 33, of Grosvenor Gardens, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud after transferring £4,000 from the Tesco Bank savings account of Penelope Salmon to his own account, and using her card to make 53 withdrawals of £300 each.

He claimed to have taken the money to repay drug debts.

Prosecutor Anita Gibson-Lee told Bournemouth Crown Court that Mann had befriended Penelope Salmon at Gala Bingo in Bournemouth earlier this year, and she invited him to live in her spare room.

He was unemployed, without benefits, and didn’t like where he was living at the time, and he did her housework and used her current account bank card to buy household goods. She also loaned him £700.

His victim had a savings account with around £30,000 in it, for which, in July, she requested a new card and pin number.

However, this was intercepted by Mann, whose transactions were detected when she contacted the bank two months later.

When arrested, Mann admitted his guilt to police. He said he had taken the money to pay for drugs and drug debts as he was being threatened.

Mann appeared before the courts on five previous occasions up to 2003, for offences including burglary, robbery and theft from a home, coinciding with a previous period of heroin use.

In mitigation, Les Smith said Mann had been drug free and working for a decade before the offence, and had relapsed into heroin use as he felt isolated after his brother began spending more time with his new family.

Judge Johnson said: “You befriended the complainant in this matter, and out of the kindness of her heart she allowed you to stay in her house, and treated you like a member of her family.

“This is a clear breach of trust on your part.”

The court heard that Tesco Bank had restored the victim’s savings, but no compensation order was made due to Mann’s meagre assets.

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6:32am Fri 27 Dec 13

RM says...

So for the next 12 months his future is assured - no money worries - can he afford rent, food, heating, Council Tax etc - the concerns that affect the ordinary law abiding citizen - nor is he having to pay back any of the money he stole 'due to Mann’s meagre assets'. Wow - who says crime doesn't pay?
So for the next 12 months his future is assured - no money worries - can he afford rent, food, heating, Council Tax etc - the concerns that affect the ordinary law abiding citizen - nor is he having to pay back any of the money he stole 'due to Mann’s meagre assets'. Wow - who says crime doesn't pay? RM

7:09am Fri 27 Dec 13

High Treason says...

At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.
At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank. High Treason

10:02am Fri 27 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

And the dogooders will still support turds like this.
And the dogooders will still support turds like this. pete woodley

10:05am Fri 27 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

Sorry M'Lud, the booze and drugs made me do it.....yardi,yardi,y
ar......
Sorry M'Lud, the booze and drugs made me do it.....yardi,yardi,y ar...... BIGTONE

10:12am Fri 27 Dec 13

apop3d says...

High Treason wrote:
At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.
Where do you think the money comes from to "restore" her savings? And further, isn't it more of a relatively inexpensive alternative to bad publicity and a lawsuit than an act of conscience? Or am I being too cynical at Christmas time?

And why no restitution order? That £20,000 debt should follow him for the rest of his life, assets or not. And if he ever does win the lotto or (heavens forbid) get a job, that money plus interest plus a penalty should come off the top, not just for the bank's reimbursement but for the pensioner he terrorized.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.[/p][/quote]Where do you think the money comes from to "restore" her savings? And further, isn't it more of a relatively inexpensive alternative to bad publicity and a lawsuit than an act of conscience? Or am I being too cynical at Christmas time? And why no restitution order? That £20,000 debt should follow him for the rest of his life, assets or not. And if he ever does win the lotto or (heavens forbid) get a job, that money plus interest plus a penalty should come off the top, not just for the bank's reimbursement but for the pensioner he terrorized. apop3d

11:07am Fri 27 Dec 13

Huey says...

apop3d wrote:
High Treason wrote: At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.
Where do you think the money comes from to "restore" her savings? And further, isn't it more of a relatively inexpensive alternative to bad publicity and a lawsuit than an act of conscience? Or am I being too cynical at Christmas time? And why no restitution order? That £20,000 debt should follow him for the rest of his life, assets or not. And if he ever does win the lotto or (heavens forbid) get a job, that money plus interest plus a penalty should come off the top, not just for the bank's reimbursement but for the pensioner he terrorized.
He should be made to clean sewers and septic tanks at the minimum wage until the money has all been paid back.
[quote][p][bold]apop3d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.[/p][/quote]Where do you think the money comes from to "restore" her savings? And further, isn't it more of a relatively inexpensive alternative to bad publicity and a lawsuit than an act of conscience? Or am I being too cynical at Christmas time? And why no restitution order? That £20,000 debt should follow him for the rest of his life, assets or not. And if he ever does win the lotto or (heavens forbid) get a job, that money plus interest plus a penalty should come off the top, not just for the bank's reimbursement but for the pensioner he terrorized.[/p][/quote]He should be made to clean sewers and septic tanks at the minimum wage until the money has all been paid back. Huey

11:34am Fri 27 Dec 13

High Treason says...

apop3d wrote:
High Treason wrote:
At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.
Where do you think the money comes from to "restore" her savings? And further, isn't it more of a relatively inexpensive alternative to bad publicity and a lawsuit than an act of conscience? Or am I being too cynical at Christmas time?

And why no restitution order? That £20,000 debt should follow him for the rest of his life, assets or not. And if he ever does win the lotto or (heavens forbid) get a job, that money plus interest plus a penalty should come off the top, not just for the bank's reimbursement but for the pensioner he terrorized.
My only comment was good for the bank, at last it saved her more hassle.
[quote][p][bold]apop3d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.[/p][/quote]Where do you think the money comes from to "restore" her savings? And further, isn't it more of a relatively inexpensive alternative to bad publicity and a lawsuit than an act of conscience? Or am I being too cynical at Christmas time? And why no restitution order? That £20,000 debt should follow him for the rest of his life, assets or not. And if he ever does win the lotto or (heavens forbid) get a job, that money plus interest plus a penalty should come off the top, not just for the bank's reimbursement but for the pensioner he terrorized.[/p][/quote]My only comment was good for the bank, at last it saved her more hassle. High Treason

11:38am Fri 27 Dec 13

Redgolfer says...

Huey wrote:
apop3d wrote:
High Treason wrote: At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.
Where do you think the money comes from to "restore" her savings? And further, isn't it more of a relatively inexpensive alternative to bad publicity and a lawsuit than an act of conscience? Or am I being too cynical at Christmas time? And why no restitution order? That £20,000 debt should follow him for the rest of his life, assets or not. And if he ever does win the lotto or (heavens forbid) get a job, that money plus interest plus a penalty should come off the top, not just for the bank's reimbursement but for the pensioner he terrorized.
He should be made to clean sewers and septic tanks at the minimum wage until the money has all been paid back.
A year, more like 6 months and as previous posts, who said that crime does not pay, agree with this post's.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apop3d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: At last a bank with a conscience good for Tesco Bank.[/p][/quote]Where do you think the money comes from to "restore" her savings? And further, isn't it more of a relatively inexpensive alternative to bad publicity and a lawsuit than an act of conscience? Or am I being too cynical at Christmas time? And why no restitution order? That £20,000 debt should follow him for the rest of his life, assets or not. And if he ever does win the lotto or (heavens forbid) get a job, that money plus interest plus a penalty should come off the top, not just for the bank's reimbursement but for the pensioner he terrorized.[/p][/quote]He should be made to clean sewers and septic tanks at the minimum wage until the money has all been paid back.[/p][/quote]A year, more like 6 months and as previous posts, who said that crime does not pay, agree with this post's. Redgolfer

1:26pm Fri 27 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

He'll be out in time for Easter....no sweat!
He'll be out in time for Easter....no sweat! O'Reilly

3:01pm Fri 27 Dec 13

stevobath says...

Having been an addict, I never stole, burgled etc to fund my habit.

There are addicts who do work & contribute through work etc.
I would actually say there are more addicts, whether it be heroin,cocaine,alcoh
ol pot etc far outnumbering those who are at the bottom of the heap so to speak.
There always comes a point though, where addiction takes over your life. Plenty of gamblers etc who do these crimes, far more often but they don't make for such lurid headlines & hate, probably cause there are lots of readers of this paper wholove to point & pontificate at those 'beneath them'.

Yes this guy is 'scum' maybe, but there are plenty of others doing the same thing who are often acceptable to the World.
Addiction has many faces & isn't just 'physical'.

Theres also a kind of bias. If I was exposed in Court as smoking drugs & snorting cocaine in front of my kids? ( I have none) I would be investigated & my kids put on an 'At Risk' register. However, if your' Dads an ex politician & you're rich & famous, it seems that it's 'Different'.

I've known addicts with kids, who were far better Mums/Dads than so called 'Decent People'.... I digress :)
Having been an addict, I never stole, burgled etc to fund my habit. There are addicts who do work & contribute through work etc. I would actually say there are more addicts, whether it be heroin,cocaine,alcoh ol pot etc far outnumbering those who are at the bottom of the heap so to speak. There always comes a point though, where addiction takes over your life. Plenty of gamblers etc who do these crimes, far more often but they don't make for such lurid headlines & hate, probably cause there are lots of readers of this paper wholove to point & pontificate at those 'beneath them'. Yes this guy is 'scum' maybe, but there are plenty of others doing the same thing who are often acceptable to the World. Addiction has many faces & isn't just 'physical'. Theres also a kind of bias. If I was exposed in Court as smoking drugs & snorting cocaine in front of my kids? ( I have none) I would be investigated & my kids put on an 'At Risk' register. However, if your' Dads an ex politician & you're rich & famous, it seems that it's 'Different'. I've known addicts with kids, who were far better Mums/Dads than so called 'Decent People'.... I digress :) stevobath

3:33pm Fri 27 Dec 13

simcal says...

So working it out that's 20k for 6 months jail time assuming he behaves. Nice work if you can get it all expenses paid.
So working it out that's 20k for 6 months jail time assuming he behaves. Nice work if you can get it all expenses paid. simcal

4:06pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Huey says...

stevobath wrote:
Having been an addict, I never stole, burgled etc to fund my habit. There are addicts who do work & contribute through work etc. I would actually say there are more addicts, whether it be heroin,cocaine,alcoh ol pot etc far outnumbering those who are at the bottom of the heap so to speak. There always comes a point though, where addiction takes over your life. Plenty of gamblers etc who do these crimes, far more often but they don't make for such lurid headlines & hate, probably cause there are lots of readers of this paper wholove to point & pontificate at those 'beneath them'. Yes this guy is 'scum' maybe, but there are plenty of others doing the same thing who are often acceptable to the World. Addiction has many faces & isn't just 'physical'. Theres also a kind of bias. If I was exposed in Court as smoking drugs & snorting cocaine in front of my kids? ( I have none) I would be investigated & my kids put on an 'At Risk' register. However, if your' Dads an ex politician & you're rich & famous, it seems that it's 'Different'. I've known addicts with kids, who were far better Mums/Dads than so called 'Decent People'.... I digress :)
A very good post, Stevobath.
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: Having been an addict, I never stole, burgled etc to fund my habit. There are addicts who do work & contribute through work etc. I would actually say there are more addicts, whether it be heroin,cocaine,alcoh ol pot etc far outnumbering those who are at the bottom of the heap so to speak. There always comes a point though, where addiction takes over your life. Plenty of gamblers etc who do these crimes, far more often but they don't make for such lurid headlines & hate, probably cause there are lots of readers of this paper wholove to point & pontificate at those 'beneath them'. Yes this guy is 'scum' maybe, but there are plenty of others doing the same thing who are often acceptable to the World. Addiction has many faces & isn't just 'physical'. Theres also a kind of bias. If I was exposed in Court as smoking drugs & snorting cocaine in front of my kids? ( I have none) I would be investigated & my kids put on an 'At Risk' register. However, if your' Dads an ex politician & you're rich & famous, it seems that it's 'Different'. I've known addicts with kids, who were far better Mums/Dads than so called 'Decent People'.... I digress :)[/p][/quote]A very good post, Stevobath. Huey

4:37pm Fri 27 Dec 13

blakieboy7 says...

people wonder why druggies who move to Bmth (ie Boscombe) get a bad name. And voila!
people wonder why druggies who move to Bmth (ie Boscombe) get a bad name. And voila! blakieboy7

7:37pm Fri 27 Dec 13

kalebmoledirt says...

Make a note in you diary for June/July for his reappearance before a magistrate that lives on a different planet than his next victim.
Make a note in you diary for June/July for his reappearance before a magistrate that lives on a different planet than his next victim. kalebmoledirt

11:52pm Fri 27 Dec 13

ASM says...

i see there are a lot of this addicts friends on here giving the thumbs down to every comment that makes sense.
The innocent suffer when the police turn a blind eye to these druggies, who are scum! They might have been lovely people before they got into the wrong crowd, but now they are just scum!
i see there are a lot of this addicts friends on here giving the thumbs down to every comment that makes sense. The innocent suffer when the police turn a blind eye to these druggies, who are scum! They might have been lovely people before they got into the wrong crowd, but now they are just scum! ASM

12:24am Sat 28 Dec 13

gameon says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Sorry M'Lud, the booze and drugs made me do it.....yardi,yardi,y

ar......
Yea and his brother was spending to much time with his new family what a load of B-----KS 12 months so hel do 8 or less pathetic If i were the judge not only that tosser would have got a proper sentence i would have done that brief of his Les Smith for insulting The courts Intelligence with that load of Mitigation Crap .
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Sorry M'Lud, the booze and drugs made me do it.....yardi,yardi,y ar......[/p][/quote]Yea and his brother was spending to much time with his new family what a load of B-----KS 12 months so hel do 8 or less pathetic If i were the judge not only that tosser would have got a proper sentence i would have done that brief of his Les Smith for insulting The courts Intelligence with that load of Mitigation Crap . gameon

11:01am Sat 28 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

stevobath wrote:
Having been an addict, I never stole, burgled etc to fund my habit.

There are addicts who do work & contribute through work etc.
I would actually say there are more addicts, whether it be heroin,cocaine,alcoh

ol pot etc far outnumbering those who are at the bottom of the heap so to speak.
There always comes a point though, where addiction takes over your life. Plenty of gamblers etc who do these crimes, far more often but they don't make for such lurid headlines & hate, probably cause there are lots of readers of this paper wholove to point & pontificate at those 'beneath them'.

Yes this guy is 'scum' maybe, but there are plenty of others doing the same thing who are often acceptable to the World.
Addiction has many faces & isn't just 'physical'.

Theres also a kind of bias. If I was exposed in Court as smoking drugs & snorting cocaine in front of my kids? ( I have none) I would be investigated & my kids put on an 'At Risk' register. However, if your' Dads an ex politician & you're rich & famous, it seems that it's 'Different'.

I've known addicts with kids, who were far better Mums/Dads than so called 'Decent People'.... I digress :)
Sensible comments Steve,Happy New Year.
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: Having been an addict, I never stole, burgled etc to fund my habit. There are addicts who do work & contribute through work etc. I would actually say there are more addicts, whether it be heroin,cocaine,alcoh ol pot etc far outnumbering those who are at the bottom of the heap so to speak. There always comes a point though, where addiction takes over your life. Plenty of gamblers etc who do these crimes, far more often but they don't make for such lurid headlines & hate, probably cause there are lots of readers of this paper wholove to point & pontificate at those 'beneath them'. Yes this guy is 'scum' maybe, but there are plenty of others doing the same thing who are often acceptable to the World. Addiction has many faces & isn't just 'physical'. Theres also a kind of bias. If I was exposed in Court as smoking drugs & snorting cocaine in front of my kids? ( I have none) I would be investigated & my kids put on an 'At Risk' register. However, if your' Dads an ex politician & you're rich & famous, it seems that it's 'Different'. I've known addicts with kids, who were far better Mums/Dads than so called 'Decent People'.... I digress :)[/p][/quote]Sensible comments Steve,Happy New Year. pete woodley

12:51pm Sat 28 Dec 13

elfinia says...

ASM wrote:
i see there are a lot of this addicts friends on here giving the thumbs down to every comment that makes sense.
The innocent suffer when the police turn a blind eye to these druggies, who are scum! They might have been lovely people before they got into the wrong crowd, but now they are just scum!
I "thumbed up" a few posts which were UNsympathetic to the fraudster but for some reason it registered the wrong way round....there is a fault in the system.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: i see there are a lot of this addicts friends on here giving the thumbs down to every comment that makes sense. The innocent suffer when the police turn a blind eye to these druggies, who are scum! They might have been lovely people before they got into the wrong crowd, but now they are just scum![/p][/quote]I "thumbed up" a few posts which were UNsympathetic to the fraudster but for some reason it registered the wrong way round....there is a fault in the system. elfinia

7:41pm Sat 28 Dec 13

kalebmoledirt says...

A lot of voting. By self pitying addictions . Do you you have any empathy for the victims
A lot of voting. By self pitying addictions . Do you you have any empathy for the victims kalebmoledirt

9:00pm Sat 28 Dec 13

stevobath says...

pete woodley wrote:
stevobath wrote:
Having been an addict, I never stole, burgled etc to fund my habit.

There are addicts who do work & contribute through work etc.
I would actually say there are more addicts, whether it be heroin,cocaine,alcoh


ol pot etc far outnumbering those who are at the bottom of the heap so to speak.
There always comes a point though, where addiction takes over your life. Plenty of gamblers etc who do these crimes, far more often but they don't make for such lurid headlines & hate, probably cause there are lots of readers of this paper wholove to point & pontificate at those 'beneath them'.

Yes this guy is 'scum' maybe, but there are plenty of others doing the same thing who are often acceptable to the World.
Addiction has many faces & isn't just 'physical'.

Theres also a kind of bias. If I was exposed in Court as smoking drugs & snorting cocaine in front of my kids? ( I have none) I would be investigated & my kids put on an 'At Risk' register. However, if your' Dads an ex politician & you're rich & famous, it seems that it's 'Different'.

I've known addicts with kids, who were far better Mums/Dads than so called 'Decent People'.... I digress :)
Sensible comments Steve,Happy New Year.
Thank you Mr Woodley Happy New Year to you & your' Family too.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: Having been an addict, I never stole, burgled etc to fund my habit. There are addicts who do work & contribute through work etc. I would actually say there are more addicts, whether it be heroin,cocaine,alcoh ol pot etc far outnumbering those who are at the bottom of the heap so to speak. There always comes a point though, where addiction takes over your life. Plenty of gamblers etc who do these crimes, far more often but they don't make for such lurid headlines & hate, probably cause there are lots of readers of this paper wholove to point & pontificate at those 'beneath them'. Yes this guy is 'scum' maybe, but there are plenty of others doing the same thing who are often acceptable to the World. Addiction has many faces & isn't just 'physical'. Theres also a kind of bias. If I was exposed in Court as smoking drugs & snorting cocaine in front of my kids? ( I have none) I would be investigated & my kids put on an 'At Risk' register. However, if your' Dads an ex politician & you're rich & famous, it seems that it's 'Different'. I've known addicts with kids, who were far better Mums/Dads than so called 'Decent People'.... I digress :)[/p][/quote]Sensible comments Steve,Happy New Year.[/p][/quote]Thank you Mr Woodley Happy New Year to you & your' Family too. stevobath

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