Bank worker Christopher Reed has been spared jail after stealing £7,000 from an 81-year-old customer.
He was in a 'low place' at the time and his debts were getting on top of him.So the money went to pay debts?
"On October 1 he made two more transactions, a £3,650 credit transfer and a £3,490 debit, which was effectively money to buy a car."
He said he acted in panic and opportunistically. He thought the pensioner would not notice. He regretted his actions and felt sick as soon as he had done it.So he confessed? Ha! No, of course not...
The court heard the theft came to light as the result of an internal investigation.
Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said Reed had lost his job and now works in Hungary.I’m sorry..? How is being – rightfully! – sacked for your actions some sort of ‘mitigation’?
Judge David Fletcher said he could just pull back from passing an immediate jail term and sentenced Reed to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years, with six months supervision and the maximum 300 hours unpaid work.Is he going to be supervised by Hungarian probation officers then?