A grandmother's favourite who helped himself to his family's inheritance to fund his gambling addiction was today (Thursday) jailed for a year for his breach of trust. 

 53-year-old David Frederick Elliott, from Derrychara Park, in Enniskillen had been the legal controller of his grandmother's financial affairs when he took £45,000 over a two-year period up to May 2017.
Judge Neil Rafferty QC described his breach of trust as a "serious matter by anyone's stretch of the imagination which unfortunately had an almost dickensian effect in his brother's and sister in that their legacy has been spent on his gambling addiction".
Elliott has previous convictions for fraud including one last year as a former Poppy Day Appeal organiser who stole £4,000 from his local branch of the British Legion, for which he was given 12 months suspended for two years.
Given these past frauds, the Dungannon Crown Court judge said that Elliott "was a bad person to be chosen as a controller", although this was "no fault" on the part of those who appointed him. However, Judge Rafferty added that Elliott was "a gentleman who would have benefited from someone looking over his shoulder".
"The fact he has an addiction is a reason (behind his offending), but not an excuse," said the judge.
Earlier prosecutor Michael McAleer said Elliott's offending came to light when one of his brothers reported financial irregularities regarding the accounts of their grandmother who was in a nursing home.
Mr McAleer said Elliott's culpability in the breach of trust, although more opportunistic, was nevertheless all the more serious given it was committed over a sustained period of time against his vulnerable grandmother.
Defence barrister Ian Turkington revealed that "a devoted" Elliott was chosen as controller because of his close relationship with his grandmother ... "he was her favourite".
However, the defence lawyer, who said that Elliott and his siblings would have been the principal beneficiaries of their grandmother's estate, conceded that what he had done was "a mean and unsavoury offence".
Judge Rafferty commented that such behaviour "does not make the basis for a happy family gathering," to which Mr Turkington said "it has driven a massive wedge between the siblings".
The defence lawyer explained that Elliott had cared for his grandmother, and he was her most regular visitor who often took her to lunch, paid for through her credit card. Unfortunately Elliott, whose "gambling had taken a grip with him", would also use the card to fund his addiction.
Elliott will serve 12 months in jail, followed by a year on supervised licence for his breach of trust, meaning that he will be subject to recall to prison during that period if the authorities deem it necessary.