Carl Hadfield has been jailed for 20 months for stealing money from his seriously ill father (Image: PA / BPM).
A man who stole £ 65,000 from his seriously ill father’s bank accounts has been detained for 20 months.
49-year-old Carl Hadfield spent the money on an Audi A5 and paid for hotel escorts and a hospitality box in Anfield, the home of the Liverpool football club.
Derby Crown Court heard how his father is a retired miner with serious lung problems.
At one point, Hadfield even pretended to be his father when he answered the phone with NatWest Bank, which called to inquire about any suspicious transactions he believed were okay.
After Hadfield was initially accused of taking nearly £ 50,000, he went on the run to re-commit the exact same crime and take more of his father’s money.
His sister then called the police to tell them that her brother lived in a trailer at the foot of her parents’ garden.
Hadfield went on the run and then stole even more money from his father (Image: PA / BPM)
In a statement on the aftermath of the victim, Hadfield’s father demanded that his son not be sent to jail.
But Judge Jonathan Bennet said, “It has to be custody, the offenses are so serious that it would be inappropriate to suspend them.
“He was sick, spent time in the hospital and in a nursing home, and your mother was not doing well either.
“They threw the money away in many inappropriate ways.”
Prosecutor Rebecca Coleman said the first offenses occurred in 2017 when Hadfield’s father was hospitalized with fluid in his lungs linked to his time in the box.
She said during that time his daughter, the defendant’s sister, helped with finances and had access to her father’s bank accounts.
Miss Coleman said in November 2017 that the daughter found there was a lack of funds in a Santander account, so her father went to one of the branches to inquire about it.
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She said, ‘They were told that payments were made to Now TV, Amazon and a large number of PayPal transactions that had not been authorized.
The police were called and an investigation found that a NatWest account was missing £ 16,000, a Santander account was more than £ 26,000 and a credit card bill was outstanding for £ 7,000.
The defendant was invited for a voluntary interview and admitted that he took the money when he said he had set up a PayPal account on his father’s behalf.
Miss Coleman said the defendant failed to appear in court following his indictment and disappeared until the second series of offenses in late 2019.
Hadfield of Clowns pleaded guilty to two cases of theft and two cases of fraud.
William Bennett said mitigatingly, “It’s a brief mitigation, he admitted everything at the police station and pleaded guilty at the earliest possible time.
“He nailed his colors to the mast early on.”
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