Thief wins cut in prison sentence

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A man who stole his elderly uncle’s life savings while acting as his carer has had his prison sentence cut.

Shaun Hamshaw, aged 42, acted as his uncle’s carer for 10 months after the 86-year-old’s wife died, before he began to steal cash from his bank and building society accounts, London’s Court of Appeal heard.

The thefts continued ‘systematically’ for a year before the widower realised what was happening in November 2011 and his bank launched an investigation.

Hamshaw withdrew £25,940 altogether, taking amounts of between £300 and £900 a week.

Hamshaw, of Upper Rye Close, Whiston, Rotherham, was jailed for four years at Sheffield Crown Court, after being convicted of theft.

However, Appeal Court judges slashed the sentence by 25 per cent – to three years.

Hamshaw’s lawyers asked for his sentence to be cut, citing the fact he had genuinely cared for his victim for a substantial period of time before beginning to take money.

Lord Justice Aikens said there had been ‘a breach of trust in the highest degree’, but ruled four years was too long to spend behind bars.