Four-month sentence handed down by magistrates
A court’s heard how a former Department of Health and Social Care worker befriended a 92-year-old man, and then stole almost £4,000 from him over nearly two years.
Thirty-nine-year-old Konrad Kumor, of Mona Drive in Douglas, admitted one charge of theft when he appeared before magistrates at Douglas courthouse.
James Robinson, prosecuting, said Kumor had been the pensioner’s carer in 2016 but resigned from the department after it emerged he’d borrowed £1,500 from him to buy a car.
Once he’d left his job, he kept up his relationship with the partially sighted and deaf man, but used his bank card to spend £3,970.
The court heard Kumor’s gambling addiction saw him run up more than £50,000 in losses and he’d taken money from his friend’s Isle of Man Bank account between July 2016 and March this year.
Detectives who examined bank statements found he’d spent the money on mobile phone top-ups, gas bills and mobile apps as well as transferring £900 into his PayPal account.
Magistrates said although Kumor wasn’t his carer at the time, the theft was still a serious breach of trust involving a vulnerable man who’d since died.
They said there was no grounds to suspend a jail sentence, and sent him to prison for four months.