Man jailed for stealing from charity for dying baby
A callous conman who befriended the family of a dying baby so that he could steal from their charity appeal has been jailed. Stephen Whittaker, 37, even took part in a fundraising bike ride – but never handed over a penny of the estimated £800 he raised.
And the dad-of-two, from Wythenshawe, was ripping off two other charities at the same time. Police believe he could have pocketed up to £400 a day waving buckets for Barnado’s and the Christie hospital outside supermarkets – often with his young son in tow.
He approached the family of little Tyler Furness – a premature baby who died shortly after his first birthday – claiming he wanted to help with their efforts to raise money for neonatal units.
But Whittaker never handed over any money to the Light At the End fund. When confronted, he lied and said he’d given the money to a security guard.
Whittaker showed no emotion at Manchester Crown Court as he was sent to prison for two years. Judge David Hernandez told Whittaker he had to impose a sentence that would act as a deterrent to others.
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