‘Heartless’ hospice oil thief jailed

Jake Seaton

Jake Seaton - Credit: Archant

A man who stole more than £1,000 worth of oil that provided heating for a hospice near Harlow has been jailed for 21 months.

Jake Seaton, of Barn Mead, removed the heating fuel in May 2014 from St Clare Hospice, a Hastingwood charity caring for adults with life-limiting illnesses in and around Uttlesford.

Following a three-day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court which began on July 17, Seaton was found guilty and sentenced to 21 months after pleading not guilty to the offence on March 2 this year.

Investigating officer Pc Mark Smith said: “Seaton had denied this heartless crime and showed no remorse for his actions.

“Upon summing up the judge remarked how it was despicable to steal from a charity which cares for people with terminal illnesses.

“The fuel is also paid for through charity donations and voluntary work.

“I am pleased that justice has been done in this case.”