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Llay man stole over £3,000 from dementia-ridden father

Published date: 17 July 2014 |
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A MAN stole more than £3,000 from his father who had been hospitalised suffering from dementia.

And Mark Jason Edwards, of Second Avenue, Llay, “squandered” the money on alcohol and gambling, a court heard.

Edwards, 43, transferred money from Michael Edwards’ bank account on five separate occasions, despite not having permission to do so.

In total, he siphoned off £3,120 in five transactions during May 2013.

And at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday Edwards pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud.

A judge, who imposed a suspended jail term, said it was a “significant breach of trust”.

Helen Tench, prosecuting, said the transfers happened after Edwards’ mother had died and his father had been admitted to hospital.

Mr Edwards’ condition meant he was not able to check his own financial documents and his son had taken advantage of that.

Mrs Tench added: “The money was squandered on alcohol and gambling.”

Edwards’ aunt is now in charge of his father’s finances.

Probation officer Andrew Connah told the court Edwards, who is currently unemployed, experienced financial difficulties after losing his job.

He then saw the opportunity to take money from his father’s account.

Mr Connah added: “He takes full responsibility and appears to express genuine remorse for his actions.”

In sentencing, District Judge Gwyn Jones said: “This was a case where you transferred money to your own account for your own benefit, while your father was extremely unwell.

“It happened over a sustained period, took a degree of some sophistication and was a significant breach of trust.

“If it had not been for your early guilty plea you would have been facing custody, but your mitigation allows me to draw back from that.”

Edwards was given a 120-day prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and a 10-week curfew to stay at home from 7pm to 7am, starting immediately.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £80.

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