‘Parasite’ drug addict conned frail 83-year-old
‘Parasite’ Shaun Davis befriended a Gloucester busienssman and a frail 83-year-old woman before conning them out of cash.
The 38-year-old drug addict was jailed for 18 months after he preyed on the vulnerable.
Gloucester Crown Court heard he borrowed £180 from grocer George Hobbs without intending to pay him back as he had promised.
Davis of Champney Close then went on a spending spree with Mr Hobb’s bank card he had taken from him under the pretence of using it to put the money back into his account.
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Prosecutor Julian Kesner told the court he spent £10.60 at Asda; £31 at Dailyfields Store; £52 at Wisla supermarket and £52.43 at Co-op.
Mr Kesner said the swindle only came to light when Mr Hobbs was being interviewed by police about a separate crime he had been the victim of.
He told the court: “He also befriended an 83-year-old woman, who lives alone in supportive housing in Gloucester.
“She is described as a frail lady, barely five foot tall, but fortunately there were a lot of people looking out for her.”
The court heard electrician Davis told Patricia Farley he would fix her washing machine for £200 and her cooker for £500.
He took the woman into the C&G building society in Gloucester to withdraw £200 and then to the Hucclecote branch to get the remaining £500 in May this year.
Mr Kesner said when the pair were walking into the Hucclecote bank, roadworker Mr Henry, who was tarmacking the highway, had overheard Davis telling her to tell them she was going shopping with the money.
He was so concerned he went into the bank and reported it.
The court heard a cashier at the Gloucester bank had also flagged up the £200 withdrawal after seeing Davis with her and knowing Ms Farley had a tendency to get confused.
The bank’s internal investigation was then passed to police before Davis admitted the seven counts of fraud.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC asked for the police to pass on his praise to Mr Henry for the good deed.
He told Davis: “You picked out these mature and frail individuals and you were a parasite drawing money from them.”
Defending Joe Maloney said Davis, who has previously been sentenced for 46 times, and has 26 convictions for theft, had a high drug dependency at the time.
He said the father had been trying to get clean of his habit since he went to jail in May.
He told the court: “I have been to see him several times and he has expressed remorse and shame.
“He said he did not want to put the people through the trauma of giving evidence and so pleaded guilty.
“He was a respected tradesman, but he became involved in drugs and it has ruined his life.”
Davis was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.