A former jockey began taking money from the bank account of a man he was caring for just hours after
he died, a court has been told.
Over a six day period Russell Price went on withdraw a total of £1,400 which had belonged to Roy Street, the man he had looked after.
Yesterday Price, 48, of Lisburn Road, Newmarket, was given a five-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
He had pleaded guilty to two offences of fraud by false representation. Ipswich Crown Court heard how Price had taken £200 from the account of Mr Street just three hours after his death on July 29 last year and then made a series of similar withdrawals.
Mitigating, Andrew Shaw said that Price had been owed money by Mr Street but now realised that the way he recouped it following his death had been dishonest and wrong.
Before his death, Mr Street had been very close to Price who had been his carer,said Mr Shaw.
Describing the offences as “grubby and mean”, Judge David Goodin also ordered Price to complete 200 hours unpaid community work, pay £1,400 compensation and £1,000 towards the cost of the prosecution.