A WOMAN has denied stealing more than £100,000 from her elderly mother’s bank account.
Abbi Kinsella is alleged to have transferred more than £61,000 from the account of 88-year-old Maragret Bowyer, who lived near Swadlincote for much of her life, for her own gain, and withdrawn a further £38,000 with her bank cards during nearly 250 cash point visits as well as blowing tens of thousands of pounds feeding a bingo habit.
Prosecutors have accused the 55-year-old of leaving her mother ‘penniless and on the streets’.
Taking the stand at Stafford Crown Court on the second day of the trial yesterday, Kinsella admitted accessing the money, but said that some of it had been taken to pay back loans she had made to her mother.
The defendant said some of the money had also been given to her granddaughter as a gift, while the rest was ‘given to her mother in cash’.
The pensioner lived in School Close, Albert Village, until selling her house three years ago, banking the proceeds and moving to rented accommodation next door to her daughter.
Quizzed about £34,000 of payments to Sun bingo, Kinsella, from Tamworth, said that she had asked her mother if she could use her card as she ‘couldn’t get hers to work’.
The jury was told that Mrs Bowyer would not be giving evidence during the trial as she is too ill.
Asked by her counsel Mark Nicholls if she had stolen money from her mother or had ever acted dishonestly towards her finances, she replied ‘no’.
She said: “I have no idea what she did with the money. With my mother, if I had started asking questions, she would say ‘that’s my business’.”
Kinsella told the jury she hadn’t noticed any deterioration in her mother’s health
“She seemed fine, to me she was just the same. I didn’t really notice any changes,” she said.
The defendant maintained she had paid her mother’s landlady in cash for the rent, a total of about £6,000, but hadn’t kept the record of receipts.
Judge Mark Eades asked her what she had done to help her mother when she was about to be evicted.
Kinsella said; “I asked her if she could get some money out, but she didn’t.”
“So, the only help you gave her was to ask her to get some money out of her account,” the judge replied.
The trial continues.