A judge branded a thief “despicable” after hearing he emptied a Leeds pensioner’s bank account during a £4,700 spending spree with her debit card.
Dean Curry stole so much cash from the 77-year-old Beeston woman that he left her Halifax account £750 in the red, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Curry, of Ganners Road, Bramley, was jailed for 33 months.
The court heard he was an odd job man who did some work for the pensioner, who suffers from mental health problems.
Prosecutor John Bull said Curry took his victim’s debit card and PIN number from her home before using the card on 134 occasions to plunder £4,754.31 from her account in a six-day period last May.
Mr Bull said police obtained CCTV footage from stores where Curry had used the card to buy food shopping and toys for his two-year-old son.
Curry was identified after a media appeal was launched.
Curry’s lawyer, Olivia Checa-Dover, said Curry’s relationship with his partner had broken down and he was “desperate” to win his family back.
Miss Checa Dover said: “What was taken was not lavish.
“He was buying domestic household items.
“His desire was to buy food for his family and toys for his son in a foolish and misguided effort to prove to his partner he could support them.
“He is ashamed of himself.
“He wants to be a positive role model for his son.”
The court heard Curry admitted two charges of theft and six counts of fraud.
He has six previous convictions for 29 offences including robbery and theft by employee.
Jailing Curry for 33 months, Judge Paul Hoffman told him: “Those who target the old and vulnerable will receive little sympathy from the courts.
“These are despicable offences against an elderly woman who was doubly vulnerable, she also had mental health difficulties.
“Fortunately not too disturbed to know when her account had been raided.
“You had £4,754 of her hard-earned money, tax free, and it’s all gone.”