By Euro Weekly News Media • 28 January 2019 • 13:25
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A 24-year-old man from Liverpool has been jailed for stealing £4,500 from his grandad to pay for a holiday in Ibiza.
Brett Bridgen reportedly used online banking to send money into his personal account the day before travelling to the Spanish island.
The offender appeared at Liverpool Crown Court last week and received a 17-month jail sentence.
Prosecutor, Jaime Baxter, said that the accused had visited his grandad, 73, at his home in Cheshire, on April 24, 2016 claiming he was owed a birthday present and was planning to fly to Ibiza the next day.
Two days later the victim received a call from the fraud action department reporting that thousands of pounds been transferred between a savings account and a current account before being sent to Bridgen’s bank account, without authorisation.
According to British press reports, the offender has been jailed in the past for stealing from his grandfather.
Liverpool Crown Court was told that Bridgen’s grandfather has since found it difficult to sleep at night and to trust people as his relationships within the family had been strained.
Judge Brian Cummings reportedly said the offence was the ‘most personal kind of fraud’ and that it has caused a ‘serious detrimental impact on the victim’.
Paul Wood, defending, described Bridgen as being at a low point in his life when he committed the fraud.
He was given a 13-month sentence for fraud and a four-month sentence for committing an offence while on bail.
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