7/7 widow jailed for theft

19/01/2015

The widow of a 7/7 bombing victim has been jailed for more than two years after she admitted stealing £43,000 from her son’s compensation.

Louise Gray, 42, frittered away the cash while looking after it for her son who was awarded £50,000 following the death of his father.

Her accountant husband Richard, 41, of Ipswich, Suffolk, was one of 52 people killed in the London bombings on July 7, 2005, as he commuted to work.

The court heard how her son was just 11 when his father was killed. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awarded the money which was placed in trust until he was 18.

He then gave his cash to his mother to look after. He found out last year that most had gone, the court heard.

Gray was subject of a civil action last year and was ordered by a county court in June to repay him £43,790.

However when she failed to pay, the police were called.

Gray was jailed today for two years eight months after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This is a case of a serious theft but also a breach of trust between a mother and son. It is very sad that this has led to a criminal conviction but we feel it is justice served which is what her son deserves. The sentence today highlights the seriousness of her offending and how seriously we treat such offending.

"We are pleased to have brought this case to a satisfactory conclusion."