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'Jeopardy' son jailed for theft
Kevin Hogg
Hogg spent the cash on expensive clothes and luxury hotels
A son who campaigned for justice for his murdered mother has been jailed for stealing from a vulnerable man.

Carer Kevin Hogg, 20, of Harland Place, Stockton-on-Tees, stole 37,000 from Kevin Ward, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Hogg, who has been jailed for 21 months, was three when his mother Julie Hogg was murdered by Billy Dunlop.

As a youngster, Hogg won an award as his family sought to overturn double jeopardy laws. They were changed in 2005, leading to Dunlop's conviction.

Hogg worked as a carer and falsely claimed to Mr Ward, who is mentally ill, that he had been assigned to look after him, having looked up his records at the office.

What you did here was deliberate, it was planned and motivated by just greed.
Judge Peter Bowers

He took out loans in his victim's name, forged his signature and changed the account holder's details.

Hogg withdrew cash from his victim's account on the same day that his mother's killer was brought to justice.

The court heard he spent the money on friends, clothes and hotels.

Duncan McReddie, defending, said Hogg had believed the public interest shown in him meant he had to live up to an image, which caused him to spend excessively.

He had spent all of his 60,000 inheritance, and borrowed more against it.

Judge Peter Bowers said: "There comes a time when the reservoir of sympathy is really exhausted and it becomes necessary to exercise some punishment.

Julie Hogg
Julie Hogg was strangled and her body hidden behind a bath

"What you did here was deliberate, it was planned and motivated by just greed."

Hogg's six-month scam was uncovered when Mr Ward's daughter became aware of her father's mounting debts and called in police.

In January, Hogg pleaded guilty to eight counts of theft at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

In 1991 Dunlop was acquitted of the murder of Julie Hogg in Billingham, Teesside, two years earlier.

He was the first person to be re-tried after the change in double jeopardy laws.

The 800-year-old laws meant anyone acquitted by a jury could not be re-tried for the same offence.

Dunlop was jailed for 17 years last October.




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