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Son spent mum’s £32,000 life savings on gambling addiction

A son stole £32,000 from his mum’s savings to pay for his gambling addiction.

Gavin Jezzard, 35, of Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, took £31,940 as his gambling problem ‘spiralled out of control’, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

Jezzard, who admitted fraud between April 23 and July 4, made 71 withdrawals from his mum’s savings account.

He raided the money despite the 72-year-old already loaning him £2,000 to ‘get him straight’.

The court heard how his mum’s savings for ‘if the roof caves in or something terrible happens’ were ‘all gone’.

Eddison Flint, prosecuting, said: ‘She has tried to help him with his debts and he has repaid her with the commission of this offence.’

But Jezzard’s mum did not want to see him jailed.

Mr Flint added: ‘She doesn’t excuse his behaviour and wants him to get help.’

Craig Lowe, mitigating, said that Jezzard wanted to apologise to his mum for what he had put her through.

He said: ‘He gambled, he got addicted, debts racked up and it spiralled out of control.

‘He felt extremely bad for what he had done.’

Jezzard, who has stopped gambling, said: ‘I will do everything I can to repay the money. I regret my actions.’

Recorder Richard Thyne told Jezzard that he had broken the trust of his mum.

He added: ‘That’s a huge amount of her savings that she has worked hard to accrue over the years – gone.’

Jezzard, who had no previous convictions, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence, 200 hours’ unpaid work and 12 days’ rehabilitation.