Theft ended relationship
2:17pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
STEALING bank cheques, and fraudulently attempting to cash them, cost a Parcllyn man his relationship and £440.
Dafydd Jones, aged 30, of 17 Pennar Road, pleaded guilty to stealing two Barclays Bank cheques belonging to Lydia Warren at Newcastle Emlyn, between March 17 and 18, when he appeared before Ceredigion magistrates on Wednesday.
He also pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud by false representation between March 18 and 22 in Cardigan, where he presented stolen cheques made payable to himself and signed on behalf of the account holder to deceive cashiers and make a gain of £220.
Jackie Lis prosecuting told the court the defendant had briefly been in a relationship with Lydia Warren, which ended when she discovered he had stolen cheques from her, and had written out amounts of £80 and £180 to himself.
The customer was reimbursed by the bank.
The court heard Jones was short of money and needed to tax and MOT his car. He had discussed a loan with his then girlfriend, but no arrangement had been finalised, and he took two cheques and then tried to cash them.
Alan Lewis defending said: “He acknowledges that this was an extremely foolish act and he is very remorseful.”
He added that Jones had attended Cardigan police station voluntarily and gave a full and frank admission.
“It was an absolute no-brainer; he was never going to get away with it.
“She was furious and ended the relationship, she wanted nothing more to do with him.”
Mr Lewis added that Jones had tried to contact Miss Warren to repay the money, and the charges had been ‘hanging over him’ for the last seven months.
Jones was fined £145 for each offence, and ordered to pay £85 costs plus a £29 victim surcharge.