After blowing his dementia-diagnosed mother’s financial savings on Betfred playing machines, Mark Thompson will probably be behind bars for 2 months as a part of a suspended 20-month jail time period. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
A Leeds Crown Courtroom choose has sentenced Mark Thompson from Pontefract in West Yorkshire to a 20-month jail sentence for stealing from sick, aged mom to gamble.
The choose, recorder Richard Thyne KC, suspended the sentence for 18 months on Monday whereas including 25 rehabilitation requirement days for the 53-year-old Thompson who’s battling alcohol dependancy.
In line with the Yorkshire Night Submit, Thompson’s mom gave her son her debit card to buy “essentials” after docs admitted her to the hospital in March. In simply three months of utilizing his mother’s card to play playing machines at a Betfred store, Thompson had racked up £17,000 ($21,367) in prices.
At this stage, Thompson referred to as the UK’s equal of 9-1-1 and turned himself in, admitting to stealing cash from his mom, which was wanted for her dementia care at a house. Betfred, nevertheless, has accepted legal responsibility, stating recovering a “massive portion of the money” Thompson fed into its machines was attainable.
it could have been very distressing for her”
Recorder Thyne mentioned that if Thompson’s dementia-suffering mom had been conscious of Thompson actions, “it could have been very distressing for her.” The Submit added the Leeds court docket report appeared that Thompson was “deeply regretful” and “ashamed” of his actions.