'Despicable' couple who stole more than £70k from vulnerable relatives ordered to repay victims

Bournemouth Echo: Steven Collins Steven Collins

A COUPLE who stole more than £70,000 from vulnerable relatives have been ordered to pay back the cash under confiscation orders.

Jane Martin and Steven Collins were described as ‘despicable’ by a judge who jailed them for three years and four years respectively at Bournemouth Crown Court last summer.

Since then police have used the Proceeds of Crime Act to secure orders to repay the money, stolen from Martin’s brother, who has learning difficulties, and from her 87-year-old mother, who lived in a nursing home and suffered from dementia.

Martin, 52, was ordered to pay £34,479 and 53-year-old Collins must pay £34,449.

If they fail to pay up they face a further 18 months in jail and will still owe the debt.

Since the couple, from Red Barn Farm, Blandford were convicted, Martin’s mother has passed away but the money will be used to compensate her 56-year-old brother and her mother’s estate.

Police have also secured a confiscation order of £4,729 against former mental health support worker Symon West, 52, from Weymouth who was jailed for 25 weeks in July last year for stealing money supposedly raised for charity.

Both of West’s victims have since died but their estates will be reimbursed.

Detective sergeant Andrew Kennard of the Dorset Police Economic Crime Unit said: “We will take every available opportunity to deprive criminals of their illegal gain to directly compensate victims of crime.

“We will ensure offenders are held to account and victims are put first.

“We hope this sends out a clear message to offenders that they will be dealt with through the courts and forced to pay for their crimes.”

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9:21am Mon 24 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

Lock the b******s up,how low can people get.
Lock the b******s up,how low can people get. pete woodley
  • Score: 19

9:53am Mon 24 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

Excellent....crime does pay.....to the victims.
Result.
Excellent....crime does pay.....to the victims. Result. BIGTONE
  • Score: 9

10:14am Mon 24 Feb 14

High Treason says...

Don't pay and an extra 18 months. Should have been 10 years extra.
Don't pay and an extra 18 months. Should have been 10 years extra. High Treason
  • Score: 15

11:06am Mon 24 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

what a thieving knobdirt he be
lock he up for 15 years
what a thieving knobdirt he be lock he up for 15 years nickynoodah
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

Unfortunately I doubt if they will be able to repay all that money - I expect they have already spent it.They will probably claim they are destitute and offer to pay it back at a fiver a week (from their benefits). Lock them away indefinitely I say.
Unfortunately I doubt if they will be able to repay all that money - I expect they have already spent it.They will probably claim they are destitute and offer to pay it back at a fiver a week (from their benefits). Lock them away indefinitely I say. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 8

3:06pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

Bob Bournemouth wrote:
Unfortunately I doubt if they will be able to repay all that money - I expect they have already spent it.They will probably claim they are destitute and offer to pay it back at a fiver a week (from their benefits). Lock them away indefinitely I say.
not correct

the usual proceedure is to get an order to freeze any assets they have BEFORE questioning them - most likely they owned property

sadly, i suspect that this case and one elsewhere are only the tip of the iceberg as far as this type of theft goes

I'm sure it starts with small amounts and when they are not noticed it simply escalates. However those small amounts are not noticed because these thieves are in a position of trust - one there would expect prison authorities to abide by ie remembering to feed the and unlock their cells.

but the real sadness here is the elderly family members who will have had all this to suffer and cope with (from their own family) in their last days

thankfully their ugly nugs are in the media for all to see and see what despicable and greedy sh ts there are
[quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately I doubt if they will be able to repay all that money - I expect they have already spent it.They will probably claim they are destitute and offer to pay it back at a fiver a week (from their benefits). Lock them away indefinitely I say.[/p][/quote]not correct the usual proceedure is to get an order to freeze any assets they have BEFORE questioning them - most likely they owned property sadly, i suspect that this case and one elsewhere are only the tip of the iceberg as far as this type of theft goes I'm sure it starts with small amounts and when they are not noticed it simply escalates. However those small amounts are not noticed because these thieves are in a position of trust - one there would expect prison authorities to abide by ie remembering to feed the and unlock their cells. but the real sadness here is the elderly family members who will have had all this to suffer and cope with (from their own family) in their last days thankfully their ugly nugs are in the media for all to see and see what despicable and greedy sh ts there are Bob49
  • Score: 6

3:15pm Mon 24 Feb 14

smhinto says...

Death by firing squad or gas chamber, but preferably hung up in a Gibbet as an example!!
Death by firing squad or gas chamber, but preferably hung up in a Gibbet as an example!! smhinto
  • Score: 4

6:37pm Mon 24 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

smhinto wrote:
Death by firing squad or gas chamber, but preferably hung up in a Gibbet as an example!!
You'd make a very good Home Secretary...........
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[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Death by firing squad or gas chamber, but preferably hung up in a Gibbet as an example!![/p][/quote]You'd make a very good Home Secretary........... ....... O'Reilly
  • Score: 3

12:16am Tue 25 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Wow being a thief is one thing but robbing your own family!?
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Who cares what our toothless law does. I couldn't imagine life alienated from my family.
Wow being a thief is one thing but robbing your own family!? . Who cares what our toothless law does. I couldn't imagine life alienated from my family. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 1

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