A fraudster has been jailed for 13 months after using the credit card belonging to an pensioner who collapsed and died following an altercation just days later.
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Drug addict Darren Bellamy, 43, went into four stores and bought almost £450 of goods on the card belonging to Derek Levers on May 14.
The 86-year-old died a few days later, and 31-year-old Ryan Belfon is currently awaiting trial charged with his manslaughter.
Bellamy, of Duke Street, Ilkeston, was arrested on shoplifting charges and had the fraud charges put to him, the Derby Telegraph reports.
He admitted four counts of fraud in relation to the card and six counts of shoplifting.
Abigail Joyce, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court: “The bank card that was used belonged to a man called Derek Levers who died in May, and a different man to the defendant is currently awaiting trial for his manslaughter in relation to that matter.
“It was used by this defendant on four occasions on May 14 when he spent £150.98 in Sports Direct; £40.98 at a newsagents which included him getting cashback; £36.99 in Tesco; and £184.98 in Argos.
“The shoplifting offences all took place between June 10 and July 16 from six different retail outlets and the goods stolen range in value from £18 to £84.50.
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