Student stole granny's bank card to buy drugs

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 September 2012

North Somerset Courthouse

North Somerset Courthouse

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A TEENAGE mother stole her grandmother's bank card and spent more than £1,000 to fuel her drug habits, a court has heard.

Nineteen-year-old Rebecca Davies, of Whitting Road, in Weston, pleaded guilty to theft and fraud by false representation at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday after her grandmother said she had ‘betrayed her trust’.

The Weston College sports student stole the card on May 25 of this year after she bumped into her grandmother who was out shopping.

Prosecutor Rebecca Garner told the court: “It was raining and the defendant was soaking wet so her grandmother invited her back to her home to change her clothes.

“Her purse was in the kitchen and the defendant was helping her unpack and then took the card from her bag.

“When the grandmother received the bank statement, she found a number of transactions she did not make. The total came to £1,125.77.”

Ms Garner told the court Davies had been able to guess the pin number of the Barclays bank card because she used to live with her grandmother, and assumed it was the same digits which were used for other security measures.

When the mother-of-one was arrested by police she said she did it because she was taking drugs and needed the money for more.

Ms Garner said: “Barclays bank has fully reimbursed the grandmother and she has said ‘she has betrayed my trust’ and wanted to prosecute.”

Probation officer, Carly Samotyj, said: “Her brief period of drug use was the route to this offence. She used MDMA and cannabis once or twice a week, which she started when her friends got involved in drug use.

“She says she stopped taking MDMA because it was getting out of control and said she has not used any since. She gave up all by herself without the use of any support services, she stayed at home and stayed away from her friends who were using drugs.”

Chair magistrate Dianne Ward, said: “She (Davies) made numerous transactions and it was a significant amount even though it was not tens of thousands.”

The bench gave Davies a three-month community order, a three-month curfew from 9pm-8am and ordered her to pay court costs of £85.

Ms Ward said: “This is a serious offence and it was committed on a vulnerable victim that happens to be your grandmother and we are actually quite concerned about that.”

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