PC stole £20,000 from woman, 94

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A South Yorkshire police constable has been warned to expect a jail sentence after he admitted stealing more than £20,000 from a 94-year-old woman he befriended.

Jonathan Leonard Webb also accepted forging a will in the name of the pensioner from Sheffield and stealing from two other people when he appeared at Leeds Crown court.

Webb, aged 45 of Sterndale Road, Millhouses, was remanded on conditional bail until October 10 for sentence.

Judge Guy Kearl QC told him: “You will be fully aware and I am sure you will have been fully advised as to the inevitability of a custodial sentence following your pleas particularly when you were a police officer at the time the offences took place.

“I will however adjourn sentence on you for the preparation of a pre-sentence report I think it will assist the judge in due course to learn more about your background to decide the appropriate sentence pass upon you.”

Webb admitted five charges of fraud by making false representations to financial institutions on the 94-year-old’s behalf.

He also pleaded guilty to the theft of military medals from a man called John Dixon and stealing £1,000 cash and 500 US dollars belonging to another woman, Lisa Lambert.

He denied a charge of misconduct in a judicial or public office by abusing his position to befriend the pensioner, which the court accepted.

Sam Green, defending Webb, applied for a report saying he was a man of previous good character whose “personal life would benefit from probation analysis despite the fact he knows he is going to prison”.