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Daughter ‘stole £100k from elderly mum’s bank account’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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AN 88-YEAR-OLD woman who lived near Swadlincote for much of her life was left ‘on the street and penniless’ after her own daughter plundered more than £100,000 from her bank account, a court heard.

Abbi Kensella is alleged to have transferred more than £61,000 from Margaret Bowyer’s account and withdrawn a further £38,000 with her bank card during nearly 250 visits to cash machines.

Mrs Bowyer, who also suffered with mental health problems, was evicted from her rented home next door to her daughter in November 2012, three years after she had sold her house in School Close, Albert Village.

None of her bills, including rent, gas, water, council tax had been paid since April 2011, a jury at Stafford Crown Court was told.

Kinsella, 55, was accused of ‘fleecing’ her mother and spending £34,000 of her mother’s cash feeding her bingo habit.

Andrew Wallace, prosecuting, claimed Kinsella had ‘totally abused her position as Mrs Bowyer’s daughter’.

Kinsella, from Tamworth, denies four charges of theft, but admitted fraud, making a false statement to her brother, that their mother’s money was in an account requiring 90 days notice of withdrawal.

Social services referred Mrs Bowyer’s case to the police in November 2012 and her daughter was arrested a month later.

When questioned, Kinsella said she had stopped rent payments going out of the account in April 2011 because the owner of the property owed them some money for ‘doing the back garden’. She said she had restarted rent payments in cash, but hadn’t got any receipts for it.

Kinsella claimed she had given the money transferred back to Mrs Bowyer ‘in cash’.

She denied using the money for her own gain, but when asked if she knew what her mother had done with £212 a week, Kinsella said ‘no’.

The trial continues.

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