Great-grandmother walks free after stealing £6,500 from elderly relative

SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Lynda Jones

SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Lynda Jones

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A GREAT-grandmother who pilfered thousands of pounds from an elderly relative has walked free from court.

Lynda Dianne Jones, of Heights Road in Poole, repeatedly plundered the account of her husband’s uncle, 80-year-old Charles Williams, after his pension was boosted by £10,000.

He said the extra cash would have made him feel like a “millionaire” as he’d “never had so much money” in his life.

Stuart Ellacott, prosecuting, said Jones had been helping to take care of Mr Williams for around two years before the offence, particularly with his financial affairs.

“Mr Williams had completed a form sent to him by the pensions service because he could have been entitled to extra money,” he said.

“As a result, he was allocated an extra £9,136.45.”

He said around £6,500 of that amount was withdrawn at a rate of £600 a day – the maximum amount allowed to be withdrawn by the Post Office.

Mr Ellacott added that the police were alerted after the 62-year-old mother-of-three confided in her sister.

“Mr Williams was spoken to by police about it and had no knowledge of the theft,” he said.

“He had never seen that much money in his life, he told officers.”

Jones, who attended Bournemouth Crown Court with family, was sentenced to 12 months suspended for two years after a judge heard she was of previous good character.

Relatives laughed with relief after discovering she would not go to prison.

She had admitted a charge of stealing from Mr Williams between March 27 and April 29 2011.

Sentencing, Judge Samuel Wiggs said: “I am sure you are desperately ashamed of what you did, stealing from an elderly, vulnerable member of the family.

“I am also sure that you are ashamed that your family and friends know what you have done. You are, however, a person who has never been before the courts before.”

Civilian investigator Nigel Hiscock, who headed the Dorset Police investigation, said: “Police look upon the financial abuse of vulnerable people as very serious.

“We will work with other agencies and families to prosecute.”

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12:14pm Thu 27 Mar 14

retry69 says...

Nice to see Judge Wiggs is consistent in his sentences.
Nice to see Judge Wiggs is consistent in his sentences. retry69
  • Score: 10

12:18pm Thu 27 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

Les Dawson ?
Les Dawson ? nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

12:29pm Thu 27 Mar 14

suzigirl says...

Maybe she needed the money for some surgery!
Maybe she needed the money for some surgery! suzigirl
  • Score: -9

12:35pm Thu 27 Mar 14

skydriver says...

What did she spend the money fast food, looks very much like it. Low life let's hope someone does the same to her.
What did she spend the money fast food, looks very much like it. Low life let's hope someone does the same to her. skydriver
  • Score: -1

12:47pm Thu 27 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

she's a
she's a nickynoodah
  • Score: -13

12:50pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Old Colonial says...

"Civilian investigator Nigel Hiscock, who headed the Dorset Police investigation, ....."

Have I been missing something? What is a 'civilian' investigator?
"Civilian investigator Nigel Hiscock, who headed the Dorset Police investigation, ....." Have I been missing something? What is a 'civilian' investigator? Old Colonial
  • Score: -8

1:05pm Thu 27 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

She is still a low life and those who support her are no better,stealing from the elderly is so low.
She is still a low life and those who support her are no better,stealing from the elderly is so low. pete woodley
  • Score: 3

1:05pm Thu 27 Mar 14

oversixty says...

Old Colonial wrote:
"Civilian investigator Nigel Hiscock, who headed the Dorset Police investigation, ....."

Have I been missing something? What is a 'civilian' investigator?
One who investigates civilians.;-)
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: "Civilian investigator Nigel Hiscock, who headed the Dorset Police investigation, ....." Have I been missing something? What is a 'civilian' investigator?[/p][/quote]One who investigates civilians.;-) oversixty
  • Score: -20

1:11pm Thu 27 Mar 14

justsayithowitis says...

Police look upon the financial abuse of vulnerable people as very serious. Shame Judge Samuel Wiggs doesn't see any crime as being very serious.
Police look upon the financial abuse of vulnerable people as very serious. Shame Judge Samuel Wiggs doesn't see any crime as being very serious. justsayithowitis
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Thu 27 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Typical hoody wearing burger Chav
Typical hoody wearing burger Chav kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Thu 27 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

Looks like the daughter of a George from winton you know
redolent
Looks like the daughter of a George from winton you know redolent nickynoodah
  • Score: -10

2:36pm Thu 27 Mar 14

KLH says...

Relatives laughed with relief - yeah, I bet they did, they knew on getting Wiggs as a judge she would get away with it as good as...
Relatives laughed with relief - yeah, I bet they did, they knew on getting Wiggs as a judge she would get away with it as good as... KLH
  • Score: -1

2:49pm Thu 27 Mar 14

samsmith says...

Old Colonial wrote:
"Civilian investigator Nigel Hiscock, who headed the Dorset Police investigation, ....."

Have I been missing something? What is a 'civilian' investigator?
Someone who investigates but doesn't hold office of constable. Ie their powers, such as arrest, are the same as those of the general public.
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: "Civilian investigator Nigel Hiscock, who headed the Dorset Police investigation, ....." Have I been missing something? What is a 'civilian' investigator?[/p][/quote]Someone who investigates but doesn't hold office of constable. Ie their powers, such as arrest, are the same as those of the general public. samsmith
  • Score: -7

3:37pm Thu 27 Mar 14

SimonJB says...

Judge Wiggs likes to let them walk!!
Judge Wiggs likes to let them walk!! SimonJB
  • Score: -3

4:06pm Thu 27 Mar 14

spooki says...

When criminals get their appointed court date and see who the judge is going to be they must have a right laugh. I hope Judge Wiggs is never unfortunate enough to need a court decision, he'll see how real judges work.
And yes, she looks very sorry and ashamed for her actions, I'm sure.
When criminals get their appointed court date and see who the judge is going to be they must have a right laugh. I hope Judge Wiggs is never unfortunate enough to need a court decision, he'll see how real judges work. And yes, she looks very sorry and ashamed for her actions, I'm sure. spooki
  • Score: -3

12:06am Fri 28 Mar 14

RM says...

It's surprising how often that what goes around comes around. Her relatives laughs may prove to be premature.
It's surprising how often that what goes around comes around. Her relatives laughs may prove to be premature. RM
  • Score: -5

4:49pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Colonel Alex says...

This 'lady' is despicable. No wonder this country is in a mess when people steal from elderly vulnerable relatives, and basically get away with it. Why did this judge not make an order forcing he rto repay the money she stole? Why has she not been given a community service order, or better still a prison sentence? Looking at the state of her she could do with a break from junk food - some enforced exercise - perhaps picking litter up would be a good idea. After all she's obviously rubish, so she'd know what to pick up.
This 'lady' is despicable. No wonder this country is in a mess when people steal from elderly vulnerable relatives, and basically get away with it. Why did this judge not make an order forcing he rto repay the money she stole? Why has she not been given a community service order, or better still a prison sentence? Looking at the state of her she could do with a break from junk food - some enforced exercise - perhaps picking litter up would be a good idea. After all she's obviously rubish, so she'd know what to pick up. Colonel Alex
  • Score: -6

5:01pm Fri 28 Mar 14

retry69 says...

Colonel Alex wrote:
This 'lady' is despicable. No wonder this country is in a mess when people steal from elderly vulnerable relatives, and basically get away with it. Why did this judge not make an order forcing he rto repay the money she stole? Why has she not been given a community service order, or better still a prison sentence? Looking at the state of her she could do with a break from junk food - some enforced exercise - perhaps picking litter up would be a good idea. After all she's obviously rubish, so she'd know what to pick up.
Because it was Judge Wiggs who has the catchphrase"it's not in the publics interest to send you to prison" I rest my case
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Alex[/bold] wrote: This 'lady' is despicable. No wonder this country is in a mess when people steal from elderly vulnerable relatives, and basically get away with it. Why did this judge not make an order forcing he rto repay the money she stole? Why has she not been given a community service order, or better still a prison sentence? Looking at the state of her she could do with a break from junk food - some enforced exercise - perhaps picking litter up would be a good idea. After all she's obviously rubish, so she'd know what to pick up.[/p][/quote]Because it was Judge Wiggs who has the catchphrase"it's not in the publics interest to send you to prison" I rest my case retry69
  • Score: -5

11:21am Sat 29 Mar 14

loobylu2 says...

This low life piece of rubbish is despised by many. I applaud woodyfromfleet. He is absolutely right. She is the lowest of the low scum praying on an elderly man who trusted her. All of those who cheered at the lightness of he punishment, and ignored warnings should also be should also be punished. She is no good example to her children, grandchildren or great great grandchildren. Well done Mrs Jones you really have been caught out now and shown what you are really like to the world. Don't call you velcro fingers for nothing do they?
This low life piece of rubbish is despised by many. I applaud woodyfromfleet. He is absolutely right. She is the lowest of the low scum praying on an elderly man who trusted her. All of those who cheered at the lightness of he punishment, and ignored warnings should also be should also be punished. She is no good example to her children, grandchildren or great great grandchildren. Well done Mrs Jones you really have been caught out now and shown what you are really like to the world. Don't call you velcro fingers for nothing do they? loobylu2
  • Score: -7

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