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Nelson man stole 'uncle's' savings
8:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A CRACK cocaine addict who stole a wheelchair-bound, blind family friend’s £4,000 life savings, has been jailed for three years four months.
Martyn Simpson, 28, enlisted an accomplice to keep vulnerable Frank Platt, the man he called Uncle Frank, talking over a cup of tea while he sneaked into his sheltered accommodation home and helped himself to the victim’s safe, Burnley Crown Court was told.
Mr Platt has not seen any of his cash since, and has been left penniless. He felt sickened, angry and devast- ated by the theft and bel-ieved he had been targeted because he was disabled.
In his victim statement, Mr Platt, who has known Simpson since he was a boy and trusted him, said: “This incident has made me feel I am no longer the man I remember.”
Simpson, who has 36 offences on his record dating back to 1999, admitted burglary, on April 11.
Simpson, of Milton Street, Nelson, was jailed by Recorder Kevin Talbot, who told him: “Many people would say it’s difficult to comprehend a meaner, and more nasty offence than this. It beggars belief that anyone could have behaved in this way.”
David Macro, prosecuting, said Mr Platt had one leg and was registered blind. Simpson made an excuse he wanted to go to the toilet when he and the accomplice were with Mr Platt in a communal area of the flats. They had asked the victim to make them a ‘brew’.
He was then seen carrying a bin out of the victim’s flat and heading towards the doors. Simpson and the man then left, and it was found Mr Platt’s safe had gone, as well as a bag containing £700 cash, a store credit note for £83, and his bank book. The safe contained £3,200. CCTV film showed Simpson carrying the full bin outside and returning with it empty, and Simpson was recognised by police.
Daniel Prowse, defending, said the money was to fund Simpson’s drug habit. He had started taking crack cocaine about two years ago.
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