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Mum denies theft of cash from OAP

PUBLISHED: 10:26 09 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2010

A MOTHER of two accused of stealing hundreds of pounds from a pensioner suffering from dementia has denied taking advantage of her.

Giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court Belinda Macinally said that during the time she knew the 79-year-old woman she had not noticed anything wrong with her and had not seen any sign of dementia.

A MOTHER of two accused of stealing hundreds of pounds from a pensioner suffering from dementia has denied taking advantage of her.

Giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court Belinda Macinally said that during the time she knew the 79-year-old woman she had not noticed anything wrong with her and had not seen any sign of dementia.

Macinally, 47, of Glanville Place, Kesgrave said she had got to know the pensioner, who now lives in a residential home, at a local park and had then seen her as she walked her children to school.

Macinally said she had become a frequent visitor to the women's house in Bell Lane, Kesgrave, and had helped her with housework and shopping.

The woman would give her a cheque which she would use to buy shopping she needed. Afterwards she had always put the change from the cheque in a separate area of her purse away from her own money and had then given the change back to the pensioner.

She said the pensioner had asked her to accompany her to her building society and Macinally had been present while she withdrew money.

She said the pensioner had then bought her children new toys including gameboys, games, videos and a Play Station.

She told the court she had not been totally happy with this but the woman had told her it was her money and she could do what she wanted with it. "She said she wanted to do it because she never had children of her own," said Macinally.

She has denied four charges of stealing a total of £1,160 from the pensioner.

Steven Franklin, prosecuting, has alleged that Macinally took advantage of the frail pensioner and used her accounts as personal cash point.

The trial continues.

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