Bristol

Fraudster jailed over £50,000 theft from elderly couple

Martin Thompson
Image caption Thompson stole £50,000 from Bertie and Marion Haskins' bank accounts

A man has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after posing as an elderly couple's grandson to the bank to steal their life savings.

Martin Thompson, 29, of Greve Court, Bristol, took £50,000 from three bank accounts belonging to Bertie and Marion Haskins, both aged in their 80s.

He started working for them as a gardener before tricking them into letting him sign their cheques.

He pleaded guilty to fraud at Bristol Crown Court.

Thompson took the money over a five-year period and used it to pay for holidays.

The deception was uncovered when the Haskins' rent and bills went into arrears and Thompson was reported to police by a neighbour.

Vicky Clail, another neighbour, said she was "gob-smacked" that he had stolen such a large sum of money.

"They totally 100% put their trust in him. They looked at him as a grandson."

Mrs Haskins died in hospital in May.

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