Thief ordered to pay compensation

A man who stole money from a disabled pensioner has been told he must pay compensation within the coming days or face a lengthy prison term.

Colin Hunter, 63, of Hatton Close in Lincoln, was already handed a 16-week sentence earlier this year, but this may be added to if he fails to pay the unnamed 73-year old victim's damages.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that Mr Hunter befriended the man after doing some work for him and was asked to look after his finances after the victim was put in a care home, reports the Lincolnshire Echo.

But instead of paying bills, the man used bank cards to add to his own account - with a total of £1,815 withdrawn for illicit purposes over a 12-month period.

Mr Hunter must now pay back £50 a month from his pension to the victim or face further sanctions.

By Francesca Witney