….Pensioner Terence Gatter
A pensioner who helped steal £1600 from a woman who had been just been killed in a horrible crash has escaped jail.
Pensioner Terence Gatter was driving when his passenger, Marc Kervin saw a handbag in the road and the pair split the money they found inside.
The court heard that the 66-year-old was ‘motivated by pure greed’ when he took the £800 from Sarwari Ashraf’s bag as she lay dead in the middle of the road just a few feet away.
Gatter, of Sale, pleaded guilty to theft by finding at Manchester magistrates court but escaped a jail sentence due to ill health
The court heard he was driving past the scene of the crash when Mr Kervin, spotted the bag.
Kervin ran into the middle of the road to retrieve it and the pair split the £1,600 between them.
The court heard neither was aware of its connection to Mrs Ashraf, who had been hit and killed by a lorry 130ft away.
Because of the theft, it was impossible to identify her, leaving her family to make the agonising realisation when they could not find her the next day.
District judge Wendy Lloyd said: ‘This was a horrible crime. You and Mr Kervin both knew that in taking that bag, its contents and taking the cash that you were going to cause great distress to someone.
‘You were both motivated by pure greed. It was cash you wanted. You showed absolutely no pity for your victim.’
Mr Gatter’s four-month sentence was suspended by the judge for 12 months, he was ordered to pay £800 to Mrs Ashraf’s family and £85 costs.