A trusting pensioner had thousands of pounds stolen by a mum who he was paying for sex.

Marion Morgan, 44, helped herself to £4,600 from the bank account of the 78-year-old man to feed her drug addiction.

He paid Morgan for sex, and their relationship had turned into a 'friendship'.

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He allowed her access to his bank account to withdraw money for herself.

Morgan, a mum-of-five and addict of 20 years, said she spent the money on drugs.

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"This was effectively all he had," a judge told Morgan.

"There has been serious consequences to him."

Morgan, of Blackley, was previously sent to jail for defrauding the same victim in 2014, but their relationship continued after her release.

Now Morgan has been spared jail, after saying she wanted to change her life and tackle her drug addiction.

Manchester Crown Court heard that the pair have known each other for 20 years.

"He would pay you for sexual favours, over time that became more of a friendship," the judge, Recorder Imran Shafi QC said.

"On his part it was love and affection, on your part, certainly on two occasions, it has been an exploitative relationship."

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Between September 30, 2019, and October 18, 2019, Morgan withdrew a total of £4,600 from his account, hundreds of pounds at a time.

She sent it to the account of another man, who she acted as a carer for.

He was arrested, but no further action was taken against him. Morgan said he had no idea about it.

After the bank alerted the victim to suspicious transfers, he immediately suspected her.

She knew his PIN code and he had previously trusted her to withdraw money from the account for herself, prosecutor Patrick Williamson said.

Mr Williamson said that as a result of his 'misplaced generosity', the victim has been evicted from one home and was at risk of losing another tenancy.

"I know I am too trusting of Marion," he said in a statement.

"I know I have been a soft touch and stupid, and Marion has exploited this."

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Defending, Nick Clarke said the relationship had been 'beneficial' to both of them.

He said: "They have supported one another in various ways.

"It may be that he has supported her financially, knowing full well she is using the money on drugs, but he was prepared to do that because there was reciprocation on her part, in terms of what she could do for him."

Mr Clarke said Morgan had been addicted to drugs for 20 to 25 years, and there had previously been attempts 'of varying degrees of success' to get clean.

"She does not want to go back to drugs, but she can't do it on her own."

He appealed for the judge to spare her from prison, and allow her to complete drug rehabilitation work.

Morgan, of Creel Close, Blackley, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to complete a 12 month drug rehabilitation program.

She must also observe a curfew from 7pm to 7am for three months, and a five year restraining order was also passed.

She pleaded guilty to seven offences of theft.