Thief who drained dead man's bank account jailed
1:03pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A THIEF who drained an elderly man's savings after he died has been jailed.
Gareth John Kemp, aged 40, of Woodfield Street, Great Lever, admitted fraud by false representation He was jailed today at Bolton Crown Court for 20 months.
On 18 April 2013, police were informed of the death of Thomas Hulme, aged 72, who was found dead at his home on Westcourt Road, Daubhill.
There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death but it is believed he had been dead for a number of weeks.
The following day, Kemp appeared at Bolton Magistrates' court for an unrelated matter, and while in the dock tried to throw a bank card to his girlfriend, who was in the public gallery.
The bank card was seized and found to belong to Mr Hulme. The matter was then reported to police.
During the investigation, officers established that Kemp had been living with the victim for about three weeks before his death.
When police examined his bank records they discovered that the balance had gone from £4440.91 onMarch 11 to £4.78 overdrawn on April 15.
During that period some cash was also paid into the account, meaning the total withdrawn between March 19 and April 15 was £4581.75.
There were numerous withdrawals of £100 at various locations and the pattern of spending was vastly in excess of previous months. Officers also viewed CCTV of Kemp near to cash machines at the time withdrawals were made.
On interview Kemp admitted withdrawing all the money from the account to pay for drugs.
Det Cons Andy Devine, said: "Draining an elderly man's life savings after he has died is in my eyes tantamount to grave robbing.
"The victim put a roof over Kemp's head and got nothing in return other than betrayal.
"Over just a few weeks Kemp blew a significant amount of money to feed a habit and his ghoulish actions reflect the kind of appalling lengths some people will go to when dependent on drugs.
"Drug addiction blights many lives and, as this case shows, can impact on the lives of the most innocent of residents.
"Hopefully a stint in prison will help cure him of this terrible affliction and help him to see the error of his ways."