No cut in sentence for fraudster

A FRAUDSTER who befriended a sufferer of senile dementia before fleecing her of up to £1,500 in life savings has failed in a bid to have her sentence cut.

A FRAUDSTER who befriended a sufferer of senile dementia before fleecing her of up to £1,500 in life savings has failed in a bid to have her sentence cut.

Belinda MacInally, 47, of Glanville Place, Kesgrave, appeared before London's Appeal Court to try and get a reduction in the 18-month sentence she was given for fleecing 81-year-old Barbara Morrice, of Ipswich.

In one incident in June last year MacInally accompanied Mrs Morrice to her building society, where "£500 in cash was withdrawn and stolen".

The thefts came to light when Mrs Morrice's social worker visited her client and realised she very little food or money.


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Mrs Morrice was suffering from senile dementia when MacInally befriended her. The court heard that MacInally was convicted of four counts of theft, receiving a total 18-month sentence at Ipswich Crown Court in February this year.

"She was sentenced on the basis that she took advantage of a vulnerable elderly lady suffering from senile dementia," said Mr Justice Astill.

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He said that a substantial quantity of cash was taken and added that it was a "despicable and greedy series of thefts", with MacInally displaying no signs of remorse.

Despite her previous good character, the judge deemed the sentence to be entirely appropriate.

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