Man took money on aunt’s bank card

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After losing his job, Brian Little took his aunt’s bank card and used it to steal more than £1,600.

Little, 54, a first offender, of Eildon Road, Hawick, admitted stealing a bank card and PIN number at a house in Muir of Ord, Ross-shire, between January 2 and 12.

He also admitted using the card on six occasions at ATMs in Hawick to steal a total of £1,650 between January 29 and March 5.

On March 8, Little admitted attempting to steal money at an ATM at Morrisons, Mart Street, Hawick.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said Little had access to his aunt’s bank card and PIN number as he was helping her while his uncle – who has since died – was ill.

“He lost his job and, instead of simply withdrawing money for his aunt, he started withdrawing money for his own benefit,” explained Mr Fraser.

The fiscal explained that on March 8, when Little went to make a further withdrawal at the ATM at Morrisons, a “stop” had been placed on the card.

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman said his client had legitimately used the card on a number of occasions on his aunt’s behalf.

“He helped her to move to the Borders, and then used the card to obtain money himself,” he explained.

“This is not a man who is heartless, but he lost sight of his responsibilities, and an element of greed crept in when he lost his job.

“The fact that this involved a member of the family, has left a bitter taste,” added Mr Bannerman.

“He has already sent her £80, and has given a further £50 to my office to pay to her.”

Mr Bannerman said Little, who is looking for work, knew he had “let the family down”.

“He is deeply ashamed of his conduct, and wants to repay his aunt and the community for his crime,” he concluded.

Sheriff Donald Corke, who described the offence as “a very serious breach of trust” deferred sentence for six months, until April 3 next year.

“During that time, I expect you to make genuine attempts to repay the money,” he told Little.