‘It’s hard to say he’s my son’ - Norfolk man steals from mother, 77, in ‘despicable’ breach of trust, court told

PUBLISHED: 09:30 01 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:34 01 August 2014

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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A man has been ostracised by his family after stealing thousands of pounds from his elderly mother and uncle, a court heard.

Robin Doy, 53, took more than £8,600 in the “despicable” breaches of trust, and also took sentimental items including his grandmother’s wedding ring, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

His 77-year-old mother said she struggles to call Doy her son any longer, and his uncle, who was 74-years-old when he was targeted, never wants to hear from him again, victim impact statements said.

Doy, of Church Drive, Outwell, near King’s Lynn, initially denied the dishonesty offences, before pleading guilty to 18 counts at a later hearing.

Andrew Thompson, prosecuting, said the thefts began when Doy’s stepfather died and he offered to move in with his mother to help her.

Doy knew her PIN number and helped himself to money from cashpoints and cheques, Mr Thompson said, and he was only caught when his mother checked bank statements that had gone missing.

He had also stolen sentimental items from under her bed, including her mother’s wedding ring.

Doy’s mother believed the thefts happened while she was ill and regularly in and out of hospital, the court heard.

He had also stolen from his uncle until there was no money left, and had attempted to take out a £3,000 loan in his name.

Doy’s mother said the day she went to police was “one of the hardest of her life”.

In a victim impact statement, she said: “I’m heartbroken and stunned that Robin stole from me after I gave him everything he could have wanted.

“At times I just want to cry and at times I do when I think about what happened.

“The lies I’ve been told are unbelievable and now I wonder if he’s ever told the truth.

“It’s hard to say he’s my son.

“I’ve been let down so much.”

William Carter, mitigating, said Doy was of previous good character and had pleaded guilty.

He added Doy’s wife had left him.

“You’re dealing with a weak man in the sense he saw an opportunity to act dishonestly and he took it,” he said. “He’s now ostracised by his family.

“He has been living alone for some time now.

“He comes across as isolated, depressed, he’s not a strong character.”

He added £1,000 was paid back into Doy’s mother’s account, and this may have been after jewellery was sold.

Recorder Maureen Baker QC, sentencing, described the crimes as “low”.

“It’s hard to think of a more despicable breach of trust,” she said.

She added the offending happened over 18 months, but gave Doy credit for sparing his relatives the ordeal of giving evidence against him in court.

And she recognised that Doy had already suffered a stroke, and had mental health problems including an “act of despair” that resulted in his admission to A&E at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Ms Baker handed Doy a 24-month prison term suspended for two years, a two year supervision order and a restraining order not to contact his uncle.

Proceeds of crime hearings will follow.

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