South Scotland

Stirling gambler avoids jail for Hawick cash card theft

Cash and bank card
Image caption Gillies virtually emptied his mother-in-law's account leaving it with a balance of just £2.99

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.

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