Aberdeen man who stole from grandad after discovering he had explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend avoids jail

Peter Garland

An Aberdeen man who stole from his grandad as “payback” after finding out he had explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend has avoided jail.

Peter Garland, 25, was handed unpaid work after he stole his grandfather’s credit card and used it and the PIN the following day to take cash from an ATM.

At a previous appearance he claimed he stole the card after finding out his grandfather and his former girlfriend had been exchanging “explicit” images of themselves.

The court heard the offence on November 18 last year came to light when Garland’s grandfather saw a message on his grandson’s social media account saying: “I have got his credit cards, as soon as he is asleep, I’m going down to the bank machine and taking out £300. I’ll deal with the aftermath later.”

He checked his account and saw £300 had been withdrawn.

Defence agent Alex Burn had said the theft of the card took place after his client became aware his former partner had been “sending sexually explicit pictures” of herself to his grandfather and he had reciprocated.

He added: “Garland accepts he took the card which was by way of payback for what they had both done.”

During the sentencing hearing before Sheriff Morag McLaughlin yesterday, Mr Burn said his client had felt “let down” by his grandfather.

He also told Aberdeen Sheriff Court of a background report carried out into his client’s circumstances, saying: “The report indicates he would welcome the opportunity to address his difficulties.”

As well as stealing the credit card, Garland was also being sentenced for taking a pair of gloves from Sports Direct on November 26, as well as being in possession of two knives on the same day.

He had also pleaded guilty to trying to force open a locked vehicle with intent to steal on July 26, and being on the grounds of a property on King Street with the intention of committing theft on August 1.

Sheriff McLaughlin told Garland she thought he would “benefit” from a community order.

Garland, whose address was given in court papers as Jamaica Street, Aberdeen, was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within six months as an alternative to custody.

He was also placed under supervision for 18 months.