Suspended sentence for Luton man after stealing £9,000 from elderly mother

A Luton man who stole £9,000 from his elderly mother has been handed a suspended sentence.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 10:47 am
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 10:48 am
Luton Magistrates Court

Darren Murch, 49, of Richmond Hill, was given a six month sentence suspended for 12 months at Luton Magistrates Court on May 5.

The court heard that Murch had stolen £9,000 from his 87-year-old mother's bank account over an eight month period, from March 31 last year until November 30.

Police were called after the bank contacted the victim to alert her to the missing funds.

Murch was ordered to repay £9,000 in compensation and a collection order was made at £200 a month.

He must also comply with the requirements of any rehabilitation activity.

A Beds Police spokesman said: “Thousands of people in Bedfordshire are falling victim to fraudsters every year, ranging from friends and family through to sophisticated organised crime groups.

“We are committed to help bring these perpetrators to justice and have established a new Serious Fraud Investigation Team to help tackle fraud.

“This is an important issue for our communities and we will be doing more than we have ever done as a force to investigate those involved in these crimes.”

■ We understand that some people may be angry or upset to see their name published here but covering court cases acts as a deterrent against crime and it is important that justice is being seen to be done.

Under English Law, it is a general principle that criminal court proceedings for adults should be held openly and in public. Verdicts and sentences are normally given out in open court and so are in the public domain. Newspapers such as ours therefore have the right to publish outcomes of all such criminal court cases.

You can read more about what to expect if you have appeared in court on the IPSO website HERE.