Stirling gambler avoids jail for Hawick cash card theft
A gambler who stole more than £10,000 from his mother-in-law to fund his addiction has avoided jail term.
Gary Gillies, 28, of William Booth Place, St Ninians, Stirling, took her cash card from a house at Wilton Hill in Hawick in December last year.
He then used it to steal £10,390 at cash machines across Scotland.
Sheriff Donald Corke called the offence a "gross breach of trust" which could have seen him jailed but gave him 160 hours community service instead.
Jedburgh Sheriff court heard how it was a transaction made while his mother-in-law was in hospital which aroused suspicion.
He had virtually emptied her account - leaving a balance of £2.99 - after regularly withdrawing sums of £200 to £300.
The court was told that his crime had led to the breakdown of his marriage.
His mother-in-law has been compensated for her loss by the bank involved.