Fraudster stole £7k from ill lady

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JAIL could be looming for a man who began stealing a sick Creswell woman’s savings while she was in hospital.

Julie Shepherdson fell seriously and suddenly ill last February during her relationship with Peter Kelly, 53.

“She was hospitalised and she gave him her bank cards and asked him to get items for her,” prosecutor Diane Ball told Chesterfield magistrates.

“When she came out of hospital her health was still not good. He kept the cards and, around May, she discovered all her savings were gone.”

Kelly was arrested and told police he had previously borrowed money and loan sharks were chasing him for it back.

“He showed remorse and was tearful,” said Ms Ball, adding that he had previous convictions for theft and fraud.

Kelly, of Forest Road, Clipstone, near Mansfield, admitted theft of £7,138 from Ms Shepherdson, of Ann Street, Creswell.

Magistrates committed him to be sentenced by a judge at Derby Crown Court on 28th January.

They ordered probation service reports, stating that custody should be considered at the next court hearing.

“She allowed him to use her cards to withdraw money for household items while she was in hospital and after she came out,” said Steve Brint, for Kelly.

“Three amounts of money were withdrawn from three accounts and this was paid to a loan shark who had lent him money before he met this lady.”

“It wasn’t like a bank loan - if he didn’t pay it back to the shark, he would have ended up with damage to his person. He repaid £11,000 for a £2,000 loan.”

Mr Brint said Kelly suffered from severe multiple sclerosis and spondylosis.