Drug-user grandson took woman’s rings

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A WOMAN whose grandson took money and rings from her to feed his £100-a-day drug habit says she hopes he takes the punishment as an opportunity to turn his life around.

Neil Greenwood, 25, escaped jail despite a court hearing how he took £10,000 from his 84-year-old grandmother and even pawned her rings to buy heroin and crack cocaine.

Widowed Frances Hargreaves, 84, said: “I only hope Neil makes the most of this opportunity, and makes a fresh start, turns his life around.”

Magistrates heard the elderly woman, who needs two walking sticks to get around, had to sell her house because her grandson had left her destitute.

Greenwood’s year of extracting money from his relative began in October 2010 when he and his mother, Sophie, 42, began asking for cash.

Mark Steeples, prosecuting, told Calderdale Magistrates Court: “The defendant, accompanied by his mother, had gone on a regular basis to obtain money.

“It wasn’t only money taken but valuable items which had long-lasting sentimental value, including the rings from her fingers.”

Greenwood was regularly taking items from his grandmother’s house and selling them.

Mr Steeples told the court Greenwood, of Cedar Street, Halifax, even took her last £10 and she had ended up with huge debts.

Sam Jackson, defending, said Greenwood’s mother made denials to the police and was given a restraining order.

Greenwood pleaded guilty to one charge of harassment without violence.

Greenwood will carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, be placed under a three-month 6pm-6am curfew, be subject to a 12-month supervision order including a drug rehabilitation requirement and pay £500 compensation.