Sunderland couple funded Ibiza spree with stolen credit card

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A COUPLE caught a last-minute flight to the sun and kitted themselves out with holiday clothes at the airport using a stolen bank card belonging to a vulnerable victim.

Daniel Barnes, 25, and Nicole Thirkettle, 31, used a Lloyds card to pay for a week-long break to Ibiza last June.

While enjoying the sunshine and nightlife in the popular holiday spot, the pair used the card to provide spending money for drinks and treats.

Newcastle Crown Court heard staff at the Sunderland branch of the bank alerted the police when they spotted unusual transactions on the account, which belonged to one of their regular customers, who was described as a “vulnerable person”.

After discovering the account details had been used to purchase flights, and hundreds of pounds was missing, police checked CCTV, which captured the pair at the airport.

Prosecutor Tim Gittins told the court: “It became clear the bank account had been used to pay for two adult flights to Ibiza on June 15.

“The flights left Newcastle Airport the following day at 7.30am on June 16.

“These two defendants were the people who used the tickets.

“CCTV within the airport showed before they boarded they used his details to make purchases totalling about £120 for clothing within the stores in the airport.

“The defendants were identified from the footage. They were arrested on return from Ibiza.”

The court heard months after the pair got back from the break, Barnes stabbed a man in the hand and thigh during a violent row in October last year.

Barnes and Thirkettle had been asked the leave the victim’s Ryhope home, who thought one of them had been sick on the floor.

Barnes, of Esdale, Ryhope, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to fraud, unlawful wounding and an unrelated affray charge.

He was jailed for two years.

Thirkettle, of no fixed address, admitted fraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

She was sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision.

Nigel Barnes, defending Barnes, said: “They went to Ibiza, getting away from their troubles, as they saw it, using someone else’s card.”

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