'She's never said sorry to me' - grandad speaks out about Milford Haven granddaughter who stole his savings
2:05pm Friday 24th January 2014 in News
A PEMBROKESHIRE grandad has told of his heartbreak after his "little angel" granddaughter stole his life savings
Harold Evans, 75, was left in tears after discovering Jodie Farrow, 24, had helped herself to his cheque book.
Farrow stole £937 from a credit card and cashed cheques for £387 - wiping out Mr Evans' savings.
Farrow admitted fraud but was spared a jail sentence after a court heard she was sorry and would play back pensioner Mr Evans.
Retired crane fitter Mr Evans said: "I used to call her my little angel, we were so close.
"It only seems like yesterday I was bouncing her on my knee as a little one.
"I'd have done anything to support her but she's ended all of that.
"She got in with the wrong people and changed from the little girl I doted on.
"We didn't go to court, it would have been too difficult to see her standing there.
"I didn't want her to go to jail but it is right that she was punished."
Magistrates ordered her to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and to repay her grandad
£1,324 in compensation.
The court heard Farrow, of Milford Haven, hopes her grandad will find it in his heart to forgive her.
But Mr Evans said: "Now that the trust is gone it'll be hard to move forward. She's never even said sorry to me."
The court heard Farrow was leading an "ordinary life" working as a carer and building a future with her steady boyfriend.
But she lost her job and her boyfriend was later jailed - sending Farrow into a downward spiral.
Probation officer Julie Norman said: "She was left living in a flat by herself, with mounting debts which she did not want to discuss with family."
Magistrates at Haverfordwest heard Farrow took the cheques on one of her regular visits to her grandparents Mr Evans and his wife Jeanette.
The court heard Farrow had always intended to pay the money back, she was "extremely remorseful" and wants to repair the relationship with her grandparents.