A grandson who stole nearly £24,000 from his trusting elderly grandmother has been jailed for two years.
Harrison Davies, 23, used the 78-year-old’s details to open bank card accounts and then purchase drugs and other goods.
He later tried to lie his way out of trouble and even tried to blame an entirely innocent person for what he had done, a court heard.
His grandmother had looked after him from the age of one and she had been left ‘stressed’ and ‘shaken up’ by the betrayal, as reported by Grimsby Live.
Davies, 23, from Grimsby, admitted a series of fraud and attempted fraud offences and perverting the course of justice.
Harrison Davies, 23, (pictured) used his grandmother’s details to open bank card accounts and then purchase drugs and other goods.
Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Crown Court that Davies made applications for loans or bank accounts in the name of his 78-year-old grandmother and using her details.
Parcels were delivered to her home from companies that she did not use.
She was living in sheltered accommodation at the time and he moved in with her in December 2015 because of problems with his parents.
The total amount of the fraud was £23,974 and he attempted to make false transactions of more than £1,000.
The dishonesty took place over about two years between November 2016 and November 2018.
A totally innocent man was interviewed as a result of claims made by Davies and he also falsely claimed that his grandmother wanted to drop the case and not cooperate with the police.
The grandmother later said: ‘I feel extremely disappointed that Harrison has done this to me.
‘He is very intelligent and is more than capable of getting a job.’
She still loved him, however, because he was her grandson but some days she hated him.
Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Crown Court (pictured) that Davies made applications for loans or bank accounts in the name of his 78-year-old grandmother and using her details.
‘I have looked after him since he was a year old and this is how he has repaid me,’ she said.
‘He has done this to me and he will do it to others. I am cautious with money. I have never had a lot.
‘Harrison’s attitude is that, if I have got it, I should give it to him and not worry what he has taken.
‘I don’t have a lot of money and this has put me out of kilter with paying my bills.
‘This whole incident has put me out. It has really stressed me out. I feel very shaken up by this.’
Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said that it was unpleasant, fairly determined offending over two years.
He tried to lie his way out of trouble on more than one occasion and it was a ‘pathetic attempt to get out of it’.
It was an ‘awful’ example of an abuse of trust towards someone he should have been showing affection towards.
‘She was the very last person he should have been swindling,’ said Mr Bailey.
‘He was spending his grandmother’s money and much of that was going on drugs.’
He stooped very low but became ashamed of what he had done and had shown genuine remorse.
Judge John Thackray QC told Davies: ‘You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.
‘This was mean offending against a relative who had been very good to you over the years.
‘It’s clear that your offending had a profound effect upon your victim, both financially and emotionally.
‘It was deliberate targeting of a vulnerable victim.’
Davies was jailed for two years and a telephone that he used in the frauds will be confiscated.
After the hearing, the grandmother, who was in court, declined to comment.