WAR CRIMINAL; Thief who conned veterans is jailed.
A BRITISH Legion official who stole war medals and cash from ex-servicemen was jailed for two months yesterday after he failed to pay them back.
But disgusted Legion members attacked the length of the sentence given to vice chairman Edward Portlock, 73, who pocketed pounds 2,228.
Victim Roy Hodges, 69, said: "I just feel sickened. He'll only have to do half of the sentence so it's obvious justice is not being done."
Another Tom Perry, 65, said: "Two years would not have been enough."
Portlock, of Gloucester, was told he would be spared jail if he paid back the cash and wrote letters of apology but he didn't.
He admitted theft and deception last year after stealing cash for a trip to Normandy to mark the D-Day landings. He also took money from a sponsored skydive and sold medals he had been given to get repaired.
Judge Martin Picton, at Gloucester crown court, said Portlock was guilty of an "appalling breach of trust". Portlock, who was convicted of a string of deceptions in the 60s and 80s, had come up with a series of excuses when asked for the money back, including feigning illness.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 16, 2007|
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