'Parasite' Gloucester drug addict Shaun Davis jailed
'PARASITE' Shaun Davis befriended a Gloucester businessman 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 a court heard of how he had preyed on the vulnerable pair.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that 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 Hobbs' bank card, which he had taken from him under the pretence of using it to put the money back in his account. Prosecutor Julian Kesner told the court how Davis spent £10.60 at an Asda supermarket; £31 at Daily Fields Store in Barton Street; £52 at Wisla Supermarket and £52.43 at a Co-op store.
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Mr Kesner said the swindle only came to light when Mr Hobbs was being interviewed by police about a separate crime of which he had been a victim.
He told the court: "He [Davis] also befriended an 83-year-old woman, who lives alone in supported housing in Gloucester. She is described as a frail lady, barely five feet 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 that when the pair were walking into the Hucclecote bank, road worker Mr Henry became suspicious when he overheard Davis instructing Ms Farley to tell the bank staff that she was going shopping.
He was so concerned that he went into the bank and reported what he had heard to a member of staff.
The court heard that a cashier at the Gloucester bank had also flagged up the £200 withdrawal, after seeing Davis with his victim and knowing that 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 he had committed.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC asked for the police to pass on his praise to Mr Henry for his good deed.
He told Davis: "You picked out these mature and frail individuals, and you were a parasite drawing money from them."
Joe Maloney, in mitigation, said Davis, who has appeared in court 46 times, and has 26 convictions for theft, had a high level of 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."
As well as his jail term, Davis was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.