Fraudster who took £12,500 from friend avoids prison sentence
PUBLISHED: 13:57 19 December 2019 | UPDATED: 08:49 20 December 2019
A salesman, who took £12,500 from a family friend, has avoided an immediate prison sentence.
Vincent Daly, 29, raided the account of grieving Sue Weaver, who had just lost her partner, while working as a distributor for discount club Utilities Warehouse.
He set up a Utility Warehouse account for her and then took a note of her password and bank details.
Daly, of The Close, Hemsby, then made more than 50 payments to his PayPal account from her card between June 2018 and the start of this year.
At Norwich Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Anthony Bate told Daly that Ms Weaver felt betrayed and that he had a long way to go to win back trust.
But after hearing he had no previous convictions and was working, Judge Bate ruled Daly should not be sent to prison.
Instead he gave Daly a 10-month sentence suspended for 15 months.
Andrew Thompson, prosecuting, told the court how Ms Weaver, 57, of Newport Road, Hemsby, discovered in April that Daly had taken money out of her account.
Daly pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation when he appeared at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court in November.
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Speaking after the sentencing, Ms Weaver said: "I put my trust in the justice system and they have dealt with it as they have thought appropriate.
"I really just want to try and rebuild my life and continue the journey of grieving for my partner. I just hope no one else has to suffer as I have."
In a statement to the court on Thursday, she said it had an "emotional toll" on her and caused her to have trust issues.
She also said it interfered with her grieving process after losing her partner Mark Howes, 48, in October 2018.
When interviewed by police, Daly admitted taking the money and said he had undiagnosed mental health issues.
Sally Hobson, mitigating for Daly, said: "He is a young man who realises the serious nature of his behaviour and the consequences that follow are very far reaching."
She said Daly had lost his job at Norwich Airport but was now working as a delivery driver.
She added that he was hoping to get a better paid job so he could pay back Utility Warehouse which had reimbursed Ms Weaver.
Judge Bate also ordered Daly to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, gave him a four-month curfew and 20 days of rehabilitation activities.
"I hope this court doesn't see you again," he told him.