Curfew for thief who stole from his gran

Crime story
Crime story

A CONVICTED Wigan fraudster who escaped a jail sentence despite fleecing his own grandmother has been hit with a curfew after failing to turn up for his community punishment.

Zacharey Frank McKnight appeared before magistrates for breaching terms of his unpaid work order.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud by representation earlier this year, having stolen between £2,500 and £3,500 from his gran’s credit card.

As part of his sentence, McKnight was required to undertake 100 hours’ unpaid work.

But Wigan justices this week heard he had failed to attend Atherton probation office on June 16 and June 23 and failed to present a “reasonable explanation”.

As a result, McKnight of Moor Road, Orrell, has had a six-week curfew imposed requiring him to be at the address between the hours of 9pm and 7am. He is also subject to a restraining order preventing any contact between himself and his grandmother Marjorie McKnight for 12 months.

At the original hearing in April, the court was told that McKnight had permission to use the card to top up his mobile phone but took advantage of her trust “on hundreds of occasions”.

Jane Sharpe, prosecuting, explained that Mrs McKnight told her daughter Leslie, Zach’s mother, who urged her to report what had happened to the police.

In a statement read to the court by Ms Sharpe on behalf of Mrs McKnight, she said: “I have been carrying this burden for a long time. This whole situation has made me ill. I love Zach and I always will but I know now that I have to cut contact with him.”

McKnight’s defence case disputed the amount spent on the credit card and his guilty plea was based on accepting responsibility for between £2,500 and £3,500 of unauthorised payments. He was also ordered pay £1,000 in compensation.