1:18pm Friday 16th August 2013
A DISGUSTED dad reported his drug addled Halesowen son to the police after he stole his grandfather’s life savings to pay off dealers.
Daniel Hubball, aged 27, narrowly avoided prison after being handed a six month jail term suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 200 hours community service.
Judge Michael Dudley told Hubball at Wolverhampton Crown Court: "You have just escaped going to prison.
"You can thank your father for that for not casting you out completely which is something I am sure he was tempted to do."
The judge said the theft of the £8,150 had been "substantial blow" to Hubball’s grandfather.
He said: "You say you used the money to pay a drug debt. It is a great pity you did not have cause to speak to your family about this debt.
"It was a very mean offence and you tried to cover your tracks for a short time. You placed your father in a difficult situation but he did the right thing."
Hubbard found a safe in his grandfather’s wardrobe in his bedroom and stole it, but the following day the empty safe was found in Hubball's van.
Malcolm Fowler, defending, said the father had the "hardest decision to make" but he decided to shock his son by calling the police.
He said: "He is now back at home with his parents and he has resolved to make amends with his grandfather.”
Mr Fowler stressed Hubbard’s desperation for money was a legacy from the days when he was invollved in hard drugs.
Hubball, a father-of-one, of Talbot Street, admitted theft and the judge told him: "This was a really nasty offence against your grandfather."
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