Jailed: Telford drug and gambling addict stole £97,000 from pensioner

A Telford drug and gambling addict who stole almost £100,000 from an elderly woman has been jailed.

Peter Rose, 61, had befriended the pensioner and moved into her home in the St George’s area of Telford and helped himself to her money.

He was said to have systematically ‘milked’ Marjorie Phillips’ bank account over a five year period.

Rose was jailed for a total of 27 months having admitted a charge of theft.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court, Recorder Stephen Thomas said Rose had deliberately targeted the victim, now aged 90, knowing she was vulnerable and not in a position to challenge what was happening.

"This was a mean and calculated theft which was sustained over a period of time and a serious breach of a high degree of trust,” he said.

Recorder Thomas said the victim’s eyesight had deteriorated and she could not effectively see her bank accounts. She had trusted Rose with her financial safety.

Rose, of Watling Street, Wellington, was said to have befriended Mrs Phillips in 2010 and moved in with her in what was a platonic relationship.

Miss Caroline Harris, prosecuting, said that £97,390 was removed from the victim’s bank account, largely by ATM withdrawals, between January 2011 and October 2016.


The court heard that the thefts were revealed following a welfare visit by police in October 2016.

There was an element of neglect and that the property was found in an appalling state and the pensioner was not being looked after.

She was now being cared for in a home and was said to have been distressed and shocked by the defendant’s actions

Psychological and social inquiry reports revealed Rose had underlying issues and that he was barely capable of looking after himself let alone another person.

Mr Kevin Saunders, for Rose, said his client had indicated only £57,000 had been used for himself to feed his crack cocaine habit and gambling addiction.

He said Rose suggested that use of other monies was a question of consent from the victim, particularly in relation to a car. An application for a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act was made against Rose which will be determined later in the year.

Date: 12 March 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

More Telford News

 Tip-off to Telford councillor led to police cannabis raid

Information passed to a Telford & Wrekin councillor led to a cannabis ..

 Trapped badgers rescued from pipe near Newport

Two trapped badgers were to lucky to be found and rescued by the RSPCA aft..

 Pupils steering through challenge as school Stem contest hots up - with video

Budding young inventors have been hard at work as part of the MNA Stem Cha..

 Telford's Got Talent finals: Winner takes it all as duo Intrigue walks away with top prize - with video and pictures

It was winner takes it all when singing duo Intrigue walked away with the ..

 £750,000 virtual reality suite for Telford College

Telford College is taking learning to a new hi-tech level by investing aro..

 Hundreds of new homes to be built as Ironbridge Power Station site sold

The decommissioned Ironbridge Power Station site has been sold, it was ann..
View More

More UK News

Asos to ban silk, cashmere and mohair from its website

The fashion retailer updates its animal welfare policy to say its site will be free of the materials..

Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government

But Home Secretary Sajid Javid says the ban on recreational use of the drug will continue

Ineos loses fracking 'ban' challenge

Petrochemical firm Ineos loses its Court of Session challenge to the "effective ban" on fracking in ..

Missing man's police drone rescue in Norfolk 'a miracle'

Peter Pugh, 75, was found up to his armpits in a muddy creek nearly a day after going missing

Microbead ban: Here are some natural alternatives

As the sale of products with microbeads is banned, skincare experts recommend the best alternatives..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

14 Jul 2018

8:30am - 6pm

Adult (16 - 64) - £15

Child (5 -15) - £5.00

Senior (65+) - £14.00

Family - £35

View Details

15 Jul 2018

11am - 4pm

Free Entry

View Details

21 Jul 2018

Saturday - 10am - 5pm

Sunday - 10am - 6.30pm

A ticketed charity gala open-air concert in aid of the Severn Hospice, Brass Night of the Proms, will take place on Saturday evening, 9th July from 7.30pm. Compered by BBC Radio Shropshire presenter, Eric Smith, it will feature the Ifton Colliery Band and the Band of the Royal Signals; covered seating will be provided, or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the grass. Please visit the website for more information.

View Details

04 Aug 2018

Practice starts at 4pm on Friday 3 August

Racing starts on Saturday 4 August at 12noon and Sunday 6 August at 10.30am


View Details
View More