Welwyn Garden City man jailed for stealing from elderly neighbour

PUBLISHED: 15:43 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:43 21 April 2016

A Welwyn Garden City man was sentenced for stealing from an elderly neighbour

A Welwyn Garden City man was sentenced for stealing from an elderly neighbour

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A Welwyn Garden City man has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison for stealing from an elderly neighbour.

Wayne Henderson, 48, from Howlands in Welwyn Garden City pleaded guilty to the crime on Friday, March 18 at St Albans Crown Court, and was sentenced on Friday, April 15.

Between 2011 and 2014, Henderson stole approximately £148,000 from his elderly neighbour’s bank account while he was in a residential care home.

While they were neighbours Henderson had befriended the victim and was in an entrusted position.

Sadly the victim passed away in 2014 and the crime only came to light as there was no money in his account to pay for his care fees for the last few months of his life.

Detective Constable Ian Aldridge led the investigation. He said: “When this victim was most vulnerable, Wayne Henderson systematically stole his money to the sum of almost £150,000.

“This left the victim with insufficient funds to pay for his care or even his funeral after his death

“The sentence reflects the seriousness of this offence and the abuse of trust perpetrated by Mr Henderson.”

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