Downham Market man ordered to pay costs for fraud

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120810113458
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120810113458

A 49-year-old man from Downham has been ordered to pay costs after he admitted stealing from his parents and defrauding charges.

Neale Sim, of Short Close, was living with his 70-year-old parents in Wimbotsham when he stole items to the value of £790, which the court heard was to fuel his alcohol addiction.

Sim had moved from Manchester to Norfolk last year after he was made redundant which “broke him”.

The court heard that following this, Sim took items including several china objects and a speaker to Cash Converters between June last year and July this year, where he defrauded the business as he claimed he was the owner of them.

The court was told that after Sim was charged, he had a mental health intervention, after which he was advised to get in touch with Norfolk Recovery Partnership by staff at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sim’s parents had asked to withdraw their statement to police and were not looking for compensation, as they wanted a better relationship with their son.

Magistrates described Sim’s case as unusual as he had no previous convictions and took into account his guilty plea and his enthusiasm to recover from alcoholism.

They handed Sim a 18-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £20 surcharge and £40 costs.