A TERMINALLY-ILL woman was ‘devastated’ after finding out that a man she befriended had stolen £500 which she had been saving to pay for heating oil, magistrates in Llanelli heard on Thursday (Aug 3).
The court heard that 40-year-old Christopher James, of Kidwelly, had taken the woman’s cash card without her consent, and withdrawn the maximum of £250 on two occasions over two days while she thought that the card had been lost.
James pleaded guilty to two charges of theft.
Prosecuting, Lisa Jones described the offences as a clear breach of trust. She explained that the complainant had become aware that her bank card was being used after she contacted the bank when she thought she had lost her card. She found out that the card had been used at the cashpoint of Kidwelly Co-op.
Police checked the CCTV, and told the complainant that the money had been taken by a man who had previously accompanied her to the cash machine when she checked her balance.
She identified James, who she said she had known for around a year. She explained that she was suffering from terminal cancer, and James drove her to medical appointments as well as taking her shopping.
In a statement to the police, she described James as a friend, and said she ‘couldn’t believe’ that he would do this to her. She said that she no longer felt comfortable using cashpoints, and explained that she had intended to spend the money on buying heating oil – something James knew.
In an interview, James initially denied the thefts, and said that he knew the complainant’s PIN number because he had taken money out for her before.
The court heard that he had a previous conviction for burglary in 2005.
Magistrates adjourned sentencing to allow the probation service to write an all-options report.
Carol Vorderman joining BBC Radio Wales this summer
BBC RADIO WALES has announced a brand new presenter is joining the station for summer 2018. Television personality Carol Vorderman will this weekend join the station for Sunday Morning with…
Carol is the latest high profile name to present the programme, which started on June 22.
The programme will feature a mix of music and conversation.
Carol will present Sunday Morning with… on July 22 and 29, and August 5, 12 and 19.
Carol Vorderman said: “I can’t wait to get started. The programme will have cheek, mischief, laughing and a lot of it. All number quizzes are banned. I’ll have lots of guests on with me, so it should be a good laugh”.
Previous presenters of the Sunday morning slot include Eve Myles, Connie Fisher, Colin Jackson, Suzanne Packer and Lucy Owen.
Police concerned about missing man
CONCERNS are growing for 75-year-old Samuel Geler Thomas, who has been missing from his home in Llanelli since July 10.
Mr Thomas is described as around 5’ 6-7” tall and bald. He was last seen wearing khaki jeans, a white t-shirt and white and black Puma trainers.
He is believed to have left his house between 6am and 6.30am on July 10. Enquiries have established that his bus pass was last used on the X2 service in Porthcawl at around 7.40am on July 12, and there was a potential sighting in St Mary’s Street, Cardiff, on July 13.
Anyone with information that could lead to Mr Thomas’s whereabouts is urged to call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101, quoting reference 522 of July 10.
Lucy’s Law gets support from AMs
AN EVENT calling for the introduction of ‘Lucy’s Law’ was held in the Senedd last Wednesday (Jul 11).
Assembly Members Eluned Morgan and Vikki Howells sponsored the event in support of an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers, in response to growing concerns from animal charities that not enough is being done to prevent illegal breeding and animal cruelty.
The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of ‘puppy farms’, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare.
Although very few high street pet shops sell puppies these days, the third-party trade remains significant across the UK with dealers operating from a diverse array of premises including private homes and puppy superstores. Evidence suggests that the trade sources puppies bred in Wales.
According to animal charity, CARIAD, a ban is the essential first step towards ending the practice of farming dogs for profit with little or no regard for their welfare or their fitness as family companions. Stress, increased risk of disease, poor breeding practices and irresponsible selling tactics are all associated with the method of third-party puppy selling.
Respected Vet and campaigner Marc Abraham spoke during the event at the National Assembly for Wales, he said:
“It simply isn’t enough to license puppy sellers, we must have a full and complete ban, to stop the trade and supply of dogs bred on such an extensive scale. Lucy’s Law will help to change the way dogs are bred in this country. It will make the process more transparent and raise standards, improving the economy and employment opportunities. This is a revolution in dog breeding and it will do wonders for the reputation of Wales as a responsible dog breeding nation.”
Eluned Morgan AM said: “There are many documented cases of puppy farming, particularly in the region I represent. Puppy smuggling is also an issue with several reported cases of puppies entering our ports from Ireland. The adoption of Lucy’s Law in Wales sends a strong message that as a nation we expect the highest animal welfare practises and that the cruel act of puppy farming can be consigned to history. I want us to be ambitious and to take the lead on this legislation which I hope will be a real possibility following this event in the Senedd.”
Vikki Howells AM said: “I am pleased to be jointly hosting this event today with important contributions from Pup Aid and CARIAD and Marc the vet who has done so much to raise awareness of Lucy’s Law across the United Kingdom and now here in Wales too.”
Legislation relating to Lucy’s Law is devolved to the Welsh Government under the 1956 An
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