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Jail for addict and former lotto winner who fleeced her own mum of £100k

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

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A WOMAN who stole her mother’s £100,000 life savings leaving her homeless and destitute has been jailed for four years.

However, Abbi Kinsella will have to pay back just £1 after Judge Mark Eades told Stafford Crown Court that she had no assets from which they could claw back any cash.

Lottery winner Kinsella plundered the bank accounts of Margaret Bowyer, formerly of School Close, Albert Village, after her winnings ran out - and spent a huge chunk of it playing Sun bingo.

The 54-year-old denied stealing the cash – and being addicted to the online bingo games, but she spent £34,000 playing it.

Judge Mark Eades told her: “You betrayed your mother’s trust in a callous and unfeeling fashion.

“You bled her finances dry.

“You lied and lied and lied and lied and as each lie was demonstrated to be false you lied upon lie. You are a serial liar who has no conscience at all.

“You enjoyed living way beyond your means. you had a win on the lottery, you won a substantial sum that you got through very quickly and I dare say you enjoyed the freedom that win gave you.

“But when that money ran out, it strikes me, you had difficulty coming to terms with the position you were in before your win.”

The court heard that Mrs Bowyer sold the family home in Albert Village, banked the money and moved in to rented accommodation next door to her daughter.

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 over £38,000.

Kinsella, meanwhile, was spending around £34,000 playing Sun bingo and went on holiday to St Tropez.

When her mother’s money had almost run out, she stopped bank payments for her rent, gas, electric, water and council tax to the point where Mrs Bowyer was evicted from the house next door to Kinsella’s in Tamworth.

Not only was Mrs Bowyer homeless and the £100,000 she had for her retirement gone, she was £20,000 in debt for unpaid bills. She is now in a care home for the elderly.

Kinsella, 54, of Fox Close, was convicted of four charges of theft from her mother, while admitting one offence of fraud, making a false statement to her brother, Steve Bowyer, that their mother’s money was in a bank account requiring 90 days notice of withdrawal.

Mother-of-two Kinsella, who won £175,000 on the lottery in 1999, showed no emotion as she was jailed.

Andrew Wallace, prosecuting, said Kinsella had “totally abused her position as Mrs Bowyer’s daughter - throwing her mother out on the street, penniless, and then lied.”

Mark Nicholls, defending, said: “It is questionable whether she will ever see her mother in the future.”

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