Man jailed for using victim’s card

Brian Green who has been jailed after being found guilty of fraud
Brian Green who has been jailed after being found guilty of fraud

A MAN who used the credit card of a disabled man he cared for, after getting into debt, has been jailed.

Brian Green, 45 of Meadowside Avenue, Ashton, was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison after being found guilty of one count of fraud at Liverpool Crown Court.

A judge told Green that a jail sentence had to be imposed because the offence involved such a serious breach of trust.

He had also tried to put the blame on the victim, Stuart Hitchen, claiming his memory was faulty, said Judge David Swift.

Mr Hitchen, of Caldbeck Close, Ashton, suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is wheelchair-bound and registered as blind and suffers from impaired hearing.

Mr Graham Pickavance, prosecuting, said: “Such was the relationship between them that Mr Hitchen considered the defendant as a friend and allowed him to have access to his debit and credit cards and pin numbers so he could use them to make purchases for Mr Hitchen’s needs.

“He was trying to put the blame on the poor memory of Stuart Hitchen, but his memory was actually accurate.”

On December 29 last year he went to Mr Hitchen’s home, leaving at 2.45pm. He had not been given permission to use any of the cards.

That evening Mr Hitchen and his wife discovered that his Amex card was not in his wallet. Inquiries revealed it had been used at a Tesco garage at 2.50 pm to buy £16.19 worth of petrol and put into Green’s car.

Green was arrested and, when interviewed, disputed the allegations, trying to say he had been given permission and querying whether the victim’s recollection was accurate because of his illness.

Green admitted one offence of fraud and denied a second one involving £14 of petrol from another garage on December 17 and this was left to lie on file.

Mr Paul Treble, defending, said that Green had been drinking too much and ill health meant a stay in hospital.

Debts built up and he consequently had financial problems.