Thieving son stole ill dad’s cash for hotel escorts and a box at Liverpool FC

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A son stole tens of thousands of pounds from his ill dad and spent it on hotel escorts and a hospitality box at Liverpool Football Club.

Carl Hadfield also bought an Audi A5 with money he had siphoned from the bank accounts of his dad, Derby Crown Court heard.

The 49-year-old even pretended to be his dad answering the phone when NatWest bank rang to ask questions about suspicious transactions, Derbyshire Live reports.

After initially being charged with taking almost £50,000, Hadfield went on the run only to carry out the exact same crime again, taking more of his dad's money.

His sister then rang to police to tell them her thieving fraudster brother was living in a caravan at the bottom of their parent’s garden.

Despite Hadfield's dad asking for his son not to be sent to prison in a victim impact statement, he was jailed for 20 months.

In total he stole around £65,000.

Judge Jonathan Bennett said: "It has to be custody, the offences are of such a serious nature it would be inappropriate to suspend it.

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"He was ill, spending some time in hospital and in a care home and your mother was also unwell. You frittered the money away in many inappropriate ways."

Rebecca Coleman, prosecuting, said the first set of offences took place in 2017 when Hadfield’s father was hospitalised with fluid on the lungs linked to his time working down the pits.

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Miss Coleman said in November 2017, the victim's daughter – the defendant's sister – realised money was missing from a Santander account.

The lawyer said: "The defendant was invited in for a voluntary interview and admitted he took the money saying he had set up a PayPal account in his father’s name.

"He said he even used it to purchase a hospitality suite at Liverpool football club and checked into an Ibis hotel and paid for escorts.

"He said he also bought an Audi A5 car."

Miss Coleman said the defendant then failed to turn up at court after being charged and went missing until the second set of offences in late 2019.

Hadfield pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and two counts of fraud.

William Bennett, defending, said: “It is brief mitigation, he admitted everything at the police station and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity."

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