A 33-year-old Stevenage man who stole cash and jewellery from his own grandmother has been jailed and ordered to pay thousands of pounds over the breach of trust.

Daniel French – of no fixed address but formerly of Mendip Way in Stevenage – admitted stealing £1,717.40 in cash from his grandmother in September and October this year, and also admitted taking a necklace and bracelet together worth £200 in August.

District Judge Leigh Smith, sitting at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court, sentenced him to six months in prison and imposed a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his grandmother, who was deemed to be a vulnerable person.

In addition, French was ordered to pay £2,200 in compensation, as well as a £115 surcharge.

French also admitted failing to appear in court to answer bail, and was fined £150 for a public disorder offence for which he had received a conditional discharge in July.