Northampton man who stole £8,000 from ex-girlfriend’s bank account given suspended jail sentence

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A 33-year-old Northampton man who stole almost £8,000 from his ex-girlfriend’s bank account has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence.

Stuart Culverhouse, of Cranford Road, Kingsthorpe, was charged with fraud after he removed thousands of pounds from his ex-girlfriend’s account during a four-month period last year.

Northampton Crown Court heard the victim was told about the theft by someone who had overheard Culverhouse boasting that he had taken money out of her account.

In total, £7,796 was removed from the woman’s account in a total of 60 transactions.

The court heard the victim believed Culverhouse had stolen her bank details after he looked after her dogs at her house during a weekend after they had split up, but were still in contact.

A victim impact statement read out to the court stated the woman felt “manipulated” and “ground down” by Culverhouse who she said had “only wanted her for her money”.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith gave Culverhouse a four month prison sentence, suspended for a year. He must complete 120 hours unpaid work and pay the victim surcharge of £80.

He has also agreed to pay back all the money he stole to the victim by the end of the year.