Executor Found Guilty Of Stealing Inheritance
When Anita Border passed away in August 2015, her estate was left in the hands of a “good neighbour”, entrusted to act as executor and distribute £110,000 each to the pensioner’s partner Emma Cullen and to longstanding friend Parminder Gibbs.
Whilst David Loveday, 33, followed through on his duty for the amount to Cullen, Ms Border’s friend received nothing.
Mrs Gibbs had to resort to a High Court bid in an attempt to get hold of the £110,000 inheritance.
The court heard how Mrs Gibbs had initially attempted to claim her share of the inheritance but was denied through lies and delay techniques.
Aiming to remove Loveday as executor of the Will, it was during the proceedings that it was discovered that Loveday had “frittered away” the money on cars, holidays and debts.
After being locked up for six months after refusing to show where the money had been spent, Loveday was sentenced to a further three years and seven months after admitting fraud. The sentencing however had been delayed numerous times as Loveday had stated the amount was being held in an ISA, however proof of such had never materialised.
Judge Brendan Finucane QC stated that Loveday had:
“shown absolutely no remorse”;
“It was an abuse of a position of trust over a prolonged and sustained period of time”
Gibb’s and her husband had re-mortgaged their home to pay the legal fees, but doubt has been cast on whether any of the money would be reclaimed by the couple
Prosecutor Sean Clark, said:
“The court has given the opportunity for the money to be recovered … there’s not a shred of evidence any such figure existed in any account anywhere.”