Son steals dad’s retirement fund

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A PENSIONER welcomed the decision to lock up his own son after he stole his retirement pot.

John Day is now facing a bleak future after he had almost £18,000 pinched from him by his own flesh and blood.

The retired roof tiler was at Doncaster Crown Court to see his son Stephen sent down for two years.

The court heard that the 31-year-old went to elaborate lengths to hide his crime, including using computers at his branch library to forge letters from his father’s pension provider saying his money was on its way when the first cheque went missing.

Speaking after the hearing Mr Day, 65, said: “He deserved to go down. It’s a frosty relationship now and I won’t be going to visit him in prison.

“Everything was fine between us before this, even though he’d been in trouble in the past.

“I thought he’d turned the corner.

“Losing all this money means I won’t have security for my retirement.

“That was half my pension fund and my comfortable retirement has gone.”

Mr Day has also had to change the locks of his home in Schofield Street, Mexborough, as well as his bank account, because his son had access to both.

Day junior, of Arnold Crescent, admitted the theft of £17,974 in July.

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said the money was paid out by Prudential. However, when no cheque arrived, John Day contacted the firm, only to be told it had already been cashed.

Shortly afterwards, a letter arrived purporting to be from Prudential saying that another cheque was on its way, but the company said it was false.

Day also pretended that he had used some of the money to buy a camper van for his dad as a retirement present.

After several weeks of attempts by the defendant to cover up his crime, he told his father: “It’s me – I’ve got your money.”

When arrested Day told police that he had taken the cheque from his dad’s house and cashed it to pay off a loan shark because he had debts of more than £60,000 after his partner left him.