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Man stole £200,000 from his mother

A Co Antrim man who took more £200,000 from his elderly mother's bank account told police he spent the money "as though it was going out of fashion," a court has heard.

Daniel Robinson, from Glenhurst Drive in Newtownabbey, was handed a two-year sentence, which was suspended for three years, after he admitted offending over a five-year period.

Belfast Crown Court heart that despite it being accepted Robinson did not use the money to fund an extravagant lifestyle, he did however go on several holidays to Portugal and bought a caravan in Portrush with the cash he took.

The court also heard Robinson's 86-year old mother is in a nursing home, had dementia and has no idea what her son did.

Crown prosecutor Peter Magill said Robinson - who is an only child - was granted Power of Attorney for his mother in November 2011, when she moved to a nursing home following a fall.

The father of three's offending came to light last October, when concerns were raised over unpaid nursing home fees of £92,000.

When an investigation into Mrs Robinson's finances was launched, it was discovered that £209,000 had been taken from her account over a period from November 2011 to October 2016.

The Newtownabbey man - who has ten previous convictions for similar offences in the '70s, '80s and '90s - was "full and frank" with police, and admitted a charge of fraud by abuse of position.

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