Pair given suspended sentences

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A DAVENTRY pair who used a debit card belonging to a dementia sufferer who had just been mugged have been given suspended jail terms.

Wendy Grieve, 27 and Matthew Knight, 36, both of Sherwood Drive, Daventry, appeared at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

They had both previously admitting using a debit card belonging to Robert Baughan to buy goods worth £3,200 on May 13. Knight also pleaded guilty to stealing the card.

Mr Baughan was mugged by two unidentified male attackers after he left a Banbury pub at 10.30pm on May 12. While Mr Baughan was lying on the ground Knight found his wallet some distance away and made off with it.

Susan Glegg, prosecuting, told the court how dementia sufferer Mr Baughan carried his pin and debit card with him in the same wallet.

Satyanam Singh, defending, stressed Knight was “not involved” when Mr Baughan was assaulted and that Grieve “wasn’t at the scene.” But he said the “misuse of drugs” underpinned the offences.

Knight was given six months in jail suspended for 18 months. Grieve was given an eight-week sentence suspended for 18 months. Both were given a 12-month supervision order and nine-month drug rehabilitation order, and each will pay £300 to the bank and £75 compensation to Mr Baughan.