16:40 Wednesday 02 January 2013

Thief who stole from his own foster mother to be sentenced

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A TEENAGER stole more than £4,000 worth of belongings from his foster mother of 10 years after he lost his job, a court has heard.

Standing in Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Nathan Middleton-Smith, 18, of Shakespeare Road, Horninglow, admitted the theft which happened over a six month period while his foster mother was in India sorting her recently deceased sister’s estate.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “The victim, Glenda Field, has been the defendant’s foster mother since he was eight-years-old

“Between June 1 and December 8, 2012, she had been in India attending her sister’s estate after she died. When she returned she found a large amount of items missing, some of which belonged to her sister, all valued at £4,350.”

She suspected Middleton-Smith, who has no previous convictions, and he was arrested and admitted the theft and said he sold them to various places and spent the money. He made about £1,000.

Neil O’Driscoll, defending, said it was sad scenario saying the defendant is not an alcoholic or a drug addict. He had lost his employment and had resorted to taking the items.

The case was adjourned until today where a pre sentence report will be prepared.

Middleton-Smith answers conditional bail not to enter Laburnum Grove, Tutbury.

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