[A] man who came to live with his uncle in Carlisle is now serving a prison sentence after committing theft and fraud offences.
Joseph Sessford, 32, gave his address to magistrates sitting in Carlisle as Osbourne Crescent, Lochside, Dumfries.
He pleaded guilty to three-offences of fraud by false representation in that he used a stolen debit card belonging to his uncle by obtaining cash, alcohol and clothing totalling £886.99, the court was told Sessford went into the bedroom of his uncle’s home and stole the bank card and used it fraudulently on May 17 in Carlisle.
In a statement read out to the court from his uncle, it said he was a vulnerable victim and didn’t expect his nephew to steal from him, he was hurt and devastated the magistrates were told, the court heard that Sessford was given the card to use previously, but on this occasion he took it and used it without permission.
The defendant is “extremely remorseful” and was intoxicated at the time and has had an “erratic lifestyle” defending lawyer Sara Budniak told the court.
He was sentenced to 26-weeks on each of the four-offences to run concurrently, with 12-weeks consecutively in custody for a breach of a previous suspended prison term.