A WOMAN convicted of stealing her elderly mother’s entire life savings of more than £100,000 looks set to be handed a lengthy jail sentence after being found guilty.
Jurors took only 20 minutes to find Abbi Kinsella guilty of thefts from 88-year-old Margaret Bowyer, crimes branded ‘heartless and callous’ by the detective investigating the case.
Stafford Crown Court heard how Mrs Bowyer, who was too ill to give evidence, was evicted from her rented home after her daughter cancelled rent and essential direct debits after she had plundered her mother’s bank account.
Andrew Wallace, prosecuting, said Kinsella had “totally abused her position as Mrs Bowyer’s daughter...thrown her mother out on the street, penniless, and then lied about it.”
The jury heard Mrs Bowyer sold the family home in School Close, Albert Village, banked the money and moved in to rented accommodation nextdoor to her daughter in Tamworth.
But, over the next three years, more than £61,000 was transferred from Mrs Bowyer’s bank account to Kinsella’s, and in addition there were cash withdrawals totalling more than £38,000.
Kinsella, meanwhile, was spending around £34,000 playing Sun bingo and went on holiday to St Tropez.
The 54-year-old denied four charges of theft from her mother, but admitted one offence of fraud.
Judge Mark Eades said: “I don’t want you to be under any illusions, you should prepare yourself for a custodial sentence.”
The defendant was remanded on bail and will be sentenced at a later date after a pre-sentence report has been prepared.
Detective Constable Mark Woodings, the officer who carried out the investigation for Staffordshire Police, said: “The victim is an extremely vulnerable elderly lady.
“When she became unable to manage her own financial affairs due to the onset of dementia, the family entrusted Kinsella to look after her interests and welfare.
“Kinsella went on to abuse that trust in a most heartless and callous way, stealing every penny of her mother’s life savings.
“She systematically and repeatedly helped herself to more than £100,000 in order to feed a gambling habit and to live a life beyond her means.
“Her actions have left a proud lady homeless, penniless and in debt for the first time in her life.”