Fraudster blew thousands milked from two OAPs

A FORMER Brighouse man has been jailed after a court heard he and his girlfriend spent thousands of pounds using bank cards stolen from two elderly women.

Paul Hubbard, 36, failed to turn up for a court hearing earlier this year but after eight months on the run he was arrested and has now been locked up for a total of 50 months.

The forklift truck driver was sentenced to 32 months in jail for offences of fraud and handling stolen goods relating to the use of bank cards belonging to two pensioners aged 90 and 75.

Hubbard, now of Warrington, Cheshire, was given an additional 18 months in prison for a wounding offence against another man which he committed while already on bail for the bank card offences.

Prosecutor Andrew Stranex told Bradford Crown Court how Hubbard’s girlfriend tricked her way into a 90-year-old’s property by asking for a glass of water before stealing a credit card from her Brighouse home.

The stolen card was used to pay for goods in the Manchester area and the court heard the total loss on that card came to just short of £2,500.

Mr Stranex said Hubbard and the woman went on to do work for the second victim, including gardening jobs and decorating, but having befriended her Hubbard’s co-accused stole two bank cards, along with personal identification number details.

Those cards were used to obtain just over £4,000 and Hubbard was caught on CCTV equipment visiting cashpoint machines.

Mr Stranex said when the 75-year-old checked her account she discovered that it had effectively been emptied.

Hubbard’s co-accused was also jailed for 32 months in March, but she failed to turn up at court.

In November last year while he was already on bail for the card offences, Hubbard armed himself with a knife after getting involved in a row over money with another man.

During a confrontation the complainant put out his hand and suffered a nasty deep cut between his thumb and finger.

Hubbard was originally charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but the prosecution accepted his guilty plea to unlawful wounding.

Sentencing Hubbard, Judge Peter Benson noted that he had previous convictions relating to dishonesty and breach of trust.

The judge said the 75-year-old victim had described in her statement the dreadful impact of the offences.

“These were cruel, callous and selfish breaches of trust by both of you,” the judge told Hubbard.