AN Anglican priest who ministers to the terminally ill has been handed a community penalty after being caught red handed fraudulently using a dead woman’s Blue Badge.
Father William Haymaker was given a 12-month community order with a requirement to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay £3,700 in costs in a hearing at Hove Crown Court today (Monday, September 11 2017).
Sentencing the 63-year-old, Judge Christine Henson told him: “You used a disabled person’s Blue Badge that did not belong to you to commit fraud. You’ve been convicted of a serious offence and you must be punished for it.”
Haymaker, of Suffolk Road, Bexhill, was caught in December 2015 parking his car in a disabled bay in the town using a Blue Badge belonging to a woman who had died two months earlier.
The priest, who provides pastoral support to the terminally ill and works with troubled children in Romania and Moldova, denied the offence but was unanimously found guilty of fraud by a jury at Chichester Crown Court in March.