Man denies stealing £45,000 from elderly neighbour

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man has denied stealing more than £45,000 from his elderly neighbour in the week before his death.

Anthony King lived near pensioner Tommy Bracewell, of Elliott Street, Plungington, Preston, and helped him with various tasks, such as mending his computer, Preston Crown Court heard. Mr Bracewell lived alone and passed away in August 2013.

Father-of-two King, 34, denies nine counts of theft which relate to ATM withdrawals the week before the 87-year-old’s death, as well as three bank transfers from the pensioner’s account to the defendant’s.

The court, sitting at the Sessions House, heard the defendant had told the bereaved family he had been given a £6,000 gift - but had previously told the victim’s next-door neighbour he had been given £50,000.

The allegations came to light on the day of Mr Bracewell’s death, after the neighbour told Mr Bracewell’s brother Jim, who has since passed away, about the sum of money King had mentioned.

Subsequent bank statements the family obtained showed a number of transactions they had not been aware of the week before his death.