Daughter betrayed mother

Picture: Victoria Wilcox''Latest Derby Crown Court file picture - gv
Picture: Victoria Wilcox''Latest Derby Crown Court file picture - gv

A woman was jailed for 27 months for enjoying a £27,453 spending spree on the cash card of her ailing mother.

Derby Crown Court heard how jobless Lesley Lilley had three meals daily in pubs, went to beauty salons and hairdressers weekly and played on fruit machines.

Lilley paid for it with the money of her 78-year-old mother Dorothy Ambrose a retired businesswoman, according to the court, who had developed Alzheimer’s disease.

Judge John Burgess told how Lilley, 50, of Carnoustie Avenue, Chesterfield, had taken her mother’s cash card and withdrawn cash.

He told her: “You stole this money in a very mean way. Nobody with any decency would contemplate something like that.”

Before she fell ill, Mrs Ambrose bought houses for her three daughters and arranged for them to receive £700 dividends monthly.

Lilley admitted theft. Judge Burgess gave Lilley six months to repay the cash. The judge was told one of her sisters did not want Lilley to be jailed.

Christopher Gabbitas, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court that another daughter and a family friend had power of attorney over Mrs Ambrose because of her mental state.

The court heard that when the friend noticed the cash card was missing he asked Lilley if she had it.

Bank checks revealed regular cash withdrawals of between £300 and £800, according to the court, and the family also hired a private investigator who saw Lilley making cash withdrawals.

Mr Gabbitas said: “Large sums of money were found to be going to various beauty salons and hairdressers.”

Roger Wilson, mitigating, said Lilley has an addictive personality and would go to hairdressers and salons every week as well as go to the pub every day. He added she gambled on fruit machines and things got out of control.