Bankrupt Newport dad stole son’s identity for retail spree

A BANKRUPT father who stole his son’s identity to fund an online shopping spree has been spared jail.

Jeffrey Dobbs, 57, reactivated a dormant account opened by his 28-year-old son, Jonathan, after the pair fell out and his son moved out of his home.

Dobbs, of Campion Close, Newport, then used his son’s Next card to steal £876 in goods and services including a £499 42-inch TV which he later pawned for just £150.

The bankrupt father faced jail at Newport Crown Court yesterday but was given a two-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to nine counts of fraud.

Judge David Aubrey told him: “You were involved in a thoroughly dishonest course of action using a moribund account your son had with Next.

“I hope your plea today will go towards healing the rift with your son.

“You passed the custody threshold but I’m not going to send you to prison today.

“It is in effect a suspended sentence. If you breach any of these offences you will be sentenced for them and face the possibility of going to prison.”

The court heard Dobbs had been given cautions for shoplifting in 2010 and heroin possession in 2008.

But his barrister, Imogen McCabe, said he had used the Class A drug to relieve pain after he hurt his back in a car crash in 2005.

Crown prosecutor Ieuan Norris said that Dobbs originally denied pawning the LG TV, telling officers “I don’t know”, “It wasn’t me” and adding “Would that be the one that was broken?”

But he later changed his story after his son received a letter from a debt collection agency sent on behalf of Next in June 2011.

His barrister said he had been on benefits since the car crash and had been left devastated after going bankrupt.

Ms McCabe told the court: “He became bankrupt in 2005, he tells me, which was devastating and turned his life upside down.

“Not long after that his partner left him and of course he had a fall out with his son.

“They’ve not been on speaking terms since roughly 2008.”

The case was listed as a trial but Dobbs changed his plea, admitting nine counts of fraud between October and December 2010.

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4:17pm Tue 26 Feb 13

gadget says...

What do you need to do to go to jail these days? . If it was council tax or government money he robbed they would have locked him up for sure but everone else does not get justice in my opinion.
What do you need to do to go to jail these days? . If it was council tax or government money he robbed they would have locked him up for sure but everone else does not get justice in my opinion. gadget

4:46pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Llanmartinangel says...

But his barrister, Imogen McCabe, said he had used the Class A drug to relieve pain after he hurt his back in a car crash in 2005.

You have to hand it to these lawyers, they keep the barmy excuses coming. And I thought 'he's got asberger's syndrome' was original.
But his barrister, Imogen McCabe, said he had used the Class A drug to relieve pain after he hurt his back in a car crash in 2005. You have to hand it to these lawyers, they keep the barmy excuses coming. And I thought 'he's got asberger's syndrome' was original. Llanmartinangel

7:30pm Tue 26 Feb 13

GogExile says...

That's a strange thought process - "My back hurts! Maybe if I tried heroin....."
That's a strange thought process - "My back hurts! Maybe if I tried heroin....." GogExile

8:09pm Tue 26 Feb 13

arvinda strop says...

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The worlds gon to "pot" didnt you know.
gog y The worlds gon to "pot" didnt you know. arvinda strop

8:37pm Tue 26 Feb 13

displayed says...

"The bankrupt father faced jail at Newport Crown Court yesterday but was given a two-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to nine counts of fraud."
Well hes obviously on the level!

“You passed the custody threshold but I’m not going to send you to prison today."
I see your distress signal, so your free to go!

“I hope your plea today will go towards healing the rift with your son."

So after you have paid everything back, do you intend to help him sort out his "poor credit rating" after you used his card!
No, I thought not!

Experian take note!
"The bankrupt father faced jail at Newport Crown Court yesterday but was given a two-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to nine counts of fraud." Well hes obviously on the level! “You passed the custody threshold but I’m not going to send you to prison today." I see your distress signal, so your free to go! “I hope your plea today will go towards healing the rift with your son." So after you have paid everything back, do you intend to help him sort out his "poor credit rating" after you used his card! No, I thought not! Experian take note! displayed

6:57am Wed 27 Feb 13

venga says...

My cousin didn't pay £97.58 council tax and went to prison for a month 2 years ago! Our legal system is bonkers. Be careful not to drop litter or you may flogged in future
My cousin didn't pay £97.58 council tax and went to prison for a month 2 years ago! Our legal system is bonkers. Be careful not to drop litter or you may flogged in future venga

8:15am Wed 27 Feb 13

cath 872 says...

How could he do this to his own son? Why is a man in his fifties still doing drugs? I'm sat here with a pulled muscle in my shoulder, and in a lot of pain, will my doctor give me class A drugs for pain relief?! I have to go to work in half an hour as well......
How could he do this to his own son? Why is a man in his fifties still doing drugs? I'm sat here with a pulled muscle in my shoulder, and in a lot of pain, will my doctor give me class A drugs for pain relief?! I have to go to work in half an hour as well...... cath 872

11:07am Wed 27 Feb 13

Lliswerry Man says...

cath 872 wrote:
How could he do this to his own son? Why is a man in his fifties still doing drugs? I'm sat here with a pulled muscle in my shoulder, and in a lot of pain, will my doctor give me class A drugs for pain relief?! I have to go to work in half an hour as well......
Sadly this happens all to often, especially amongst the mentally ill, it is very difficult to get the Social Services involved as they are already overloaded, and family members will then get away with allsorts of abuse of trust issues.

I was also involved in a severe car crash many years ago, and apart from pain killers have never had the need to take illegal drugs... so you have to wonder what those who judged this case think themselves about drug abuse... most normal people are astounded by this case and how he got off with it so lightly and the excuses that were used in his defense.

Like others here say, commit a crime against the state and they stamp on you if your just average joe... but if you have a name and title they will still let you walk free with a ticking off.And if you just rob another average joe, thats okay, you will cost us too much to lock up,so we will just let you off....

Its a strange country that we now live in.......for sure.
[quote][p][bold]cath 872[/bold] wrote: How could he do this to his own son? Why is a man in his fifties still doing drugs? I'm sat here with a pulled muscle in my shoulder, and in a lot of pain, will my doctor give me class A drugs for pain relief?! I have to go to work in half an hour as well......[/p][/quote]Sadly this happens all to often, especially amongst the mentally ill, it is very difficult to get the Social Services involved as they are already overloaded, and family members will then get away with allsorts of abuse of trust issues. I was also involved in a severe car crash many years ago, and apart from pain killers have never had the need to take illegal drugs... so you have to wonder what those who judged this case think themselves about drug abuse... most normal people are astounded by this case and how he got off with it so lightly and the excuses that were used in his defense. Like others here say, commit a crime against the state and they stamp on you if your just average joe... but if you have a name and title they will still let you walk free with a ticking off.And if you just rob another average joe, thats okay, you will cost us too much to lock up,so we will just let you off.... Its a strange country that we now live in.......for sure. Lliswerry Man

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