How much time did the a RBL funds thief get This is discusting. Ex-Soldier, 75, Jailed Over Tax Monday, November 13, 2006 A 75-year-old retired soldier has been sent to prison after a court heard how he refused to pay a Â£1,300 council tax bill on "principle". Great-grandfather Richard Fitzmaurice, of Heacham, Norfolk, was jailed for 32 days by magistrates in King's Lynn, Norfolk, after King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council failed to persuade him to pay. He said he was not paying because he thought the tax was unfair. Mr Fitzmaurice also said he was angry at learning that taxpayers' money had been used to pay a legal bill run up by Conservative council leader John Dobson. Before the hearing he said: "I am going to stand my ground and I'm ready to face the consequences." His son-in-law, Arthur Osborne, 54, said it was "astounding" that a retired solider should be jailed for not paying a tax which many thought unfair, as the UK remembered its war dead. But Mr Dobson said the authority had been justified in pursuing the pensioner. He said Mr Fitzmaurice should target his complaint at the Government not a local authority. And Mr Dobson refuted any suggestion that he had wrongly used public funds. "I find it astounding," said Mr Osborne, a water company engineer, of Hunstanton, Norfolk. "And it seems very sad that an old soldier should be jailed the day after poppy day. He was a warrant officer - in the Army for 20 years. He served in Cyprus, Hong Kong, Germany. "The jails are overcrowded. Not many weeks ago they were talking about using police stations for prisoners. Now they jail an old man for not paying Â£1,000. It's very naughty. T he world's mad. But he knew what might happen. I admire the way he's taken a stand. A lot of people feel this tax is unfair and that pensioners get a raw deal. Tony Blair and this Government are more worried about Iraq than they are about looking after pensioners."