Rotherham man sentenced to four years for theft.

Shaun Hamshaw from Whiston, Rotherham stole from the bank accounts of an 86-year-old man from Thrybergh, Rotherham, from January, 2010 to November, 2011.

The victim had a short stay in hospital in 2009 when Hamshaw made contact with him and visited him on a regular basis. Over the next 18 months to two years Hamshaw withdrew money from the 86-year-olds savings and current accounts, making maximum withdrawals of between £300 and £900 per week, until the elderly man’s account was empty.

The victim first reported his missing money to the bank before going to the police.

Hamshaw was arrested in November, 2011, for theft from a person and subsequently charged and found guilty of the offence.

The officer in the case DC Scott Walker said: "Hamshaw was a part of the elderly mans life and was in a position of trust, but on seeing the amount of money held in the man’s account, he decided to breach this trust.

"Hamshaw helped himself to the elderly man’s money, presuming he wouldn’t notice. However he underestimated him, in that he found out and was also willing to give evidence against him.

"Hamshaw now has time to reflect on his actions in prison."