A thief stole £14,000 from his grandfather after his grandmother’s death – because he thought he deserved the money.
Christopher Parkinson, 20, waited until the 70-year-old had gone away for Christmas to take the cash, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Paul Anderson said Parkinson’s grandad left his home on December 19, to spend the festive period with relatives in Cheshire.
Mr Anderson said: “Like many people of his age, he has a mistrust of banks and as soon as he gets his pension he withdraws it and keeps it in various locations in the house. He had two bundles with a total of £14,000.
“He returned home just before New Year and checked his money. It was all gone, the whole lot, £14,000. The house was still locked, the money was simply missing.
“The only people who could have been responsible were two people who had keys to the property – his neighbour whom he’s known for approximately 30 years, that’s why he trusted him with his keys – and his grandson who regularly visits him.
“The finger of suspicion was pointing more and more firmly to Mr Parkinson. He says the reason for taking the money was simply to enjoy himself. There was money there and he simply couldn’t resist – so that’s £14,000 lost.
“This represents a gross breach of trust.”
A ring that had also been taken had subsequently been returned to the victim.
Parkinson, of Roker Avenue, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to theft. He will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court next month.
Gerry Scott, defending, said: “The defendant is a man of previous good character. This relates to a dispute with his grandfather which started at the time of his grandmother’s death.
“He was close to his grandmother and it was made clear to him on a number of occasions that money would be passed on to him after her death. It then became apparent that his grandad had this money.
“He is trying to make amends to put his grandfather back in the pmosition he was before.”