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Bury St Edmunds man jailed for taking thousands of pounds from elderly mother - to pay for phone sex

Court report

Court report

A man who took more than £15,000 from his 85-year-old mother’s bank accounts has been jailed.

Ian Young, 54, of West Road, Bury St Edmunds, used the cash to pay for telephone sex chat lines, clothing and socialising.

Yesterday, Ipswich Crown Court heard that Young’s mother, who was living in a home, had been diagnosed with dementia and assessed as unable to make decisions about her own affairs.

Catherine Bradshaw, prosecuting, told the court Young was formally cautioned by police after it was discovered he had used £4,000 of his mother’s money to pay off a bill he had amassed calling a telephone sex chat line.

In May last year, Young had taken his mother to her bank and arranged for her to sign a form which gave him access to her accounts.

Miss Bradshaw said it later emerged Young had gone on to withdraw a total of £11,100, which he used to pay for men’s clothing, visiting pubs and restaurants, racing and a golf club.

The withdrawals were spotted by social workers who have been helping to manage Mrs Young’s affairs, the court heard.

After police were informed, Young was arrested and interviewed. He told officers he believed his mother would have been happy for him to have the cash and claimed it had been spent on ‘essentials’.

Young, a £25,000 a year civil servant, had pleaded guilty to two offences of fraud, committed between May 2012 and September 2013.

In mitigation, Cathy McCulloch said Young had admitted what he did was wrong and had expressed genuine remorse. A refusal to let him see his mother had left him depressed and feeling suicidal, she told the court.

Jailing him for 16 months, Judge Rupert Overbury said Young’s offending had arisen from ‘pure greed and selfishness’.

He said: “The only person to have suffered is a lady who, no doubt, spent a good deal of her life looking after you and this is how you repaid her.”

 
 
 

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