Teen steals from gran

22:27, Jan 29 2013

A 19-year-old man stole more than $10,000 from his grandmother's online bank account while she was on holiday.

Daniel Graham Keen appeared before Judge Raoul Neave in the Invercargill District Court yesterday on 14 charges of directly accessing a computer system, namely BNZ online banking, and dishonestly obtaining the money between August 17 and September 27.

He was sentenced to 275 hours' community work and ordered to pay $10,850 reparation.

Judge Neave said Keen had been given authority to access the account once but while she was overseas he accessed it on 14 occasions and obtained $10,850.

Judge Neave said the victim impact statement revealed how disappointed and upset his grandparents were.

The breach of trust is extreme . . . you have hurt them in a terrible way."

Lawyer Hannah Cuthill said most of the money had been spenton food, clothes, alcohol and a bike.

His relationship with his grandparents was significantly damaged, and he was remorseful.

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