A Dungannon man who stole £640 from his mother has pleaded guilty at East Tyrone Magistrates Court.
John Cavanagh, 34, of Mullanary Road, Dungannon was charged with fraud by false representation relating to an incident on March 19, 2012.
A court was told of how the mother of the defendant made a complaint to police that £640 had been taken from her Visa account.
It was revealed that a cheque to that value had been cashed on March 16 in ‘The Money Shop’ in Dungannon.
Police observed a copy of the I.D obtained by the shop to cash the cheque and it revealed it was owned by the defendant.
The defendant’s mother told police that her son had been staying with her for a few days and would have had access to her handbag to take the cheque book.
She noticed that the cheque had been taken from the centre of the cheque book.
When Mr Cavanagh was interviewed by police he made a ‘no comment’ interview to every question.
A defence solicitor for Mr Cavanagh said that his client was currently estranged from his wife and children and that this particular incident was ‘a shameful episode which reflects very badly on him.’
He also said that his client had issues with alcohol and other substances and that he also suffered from mental health conditions which still plague him.
Sentencing Mr Cavanagh, District Judge John Meehan told him ‘you have run out of options and you have a long extensive record.’
He also noted that Mr Cavanagh had went about this incident in an ‘underhand way to feed your drink and drugs habit.’
Mr Cavanagh was sentenced to three months in prison for the offence.
District Judge Meehan also told the defendant that he was activating a suspended sentence on his record, of one month which was to run consecutively to the three months already handed down, meaning he will spend a total of four months in prison for the offence.
He also ordered that Mr Cavanagh pay a compensation order to his mother for the value of money stolen.