‘Despicable’ Bexhill woman conned the elderly


A Bexhill woman who preyed on elderly and vulnerable people to obtain cash has been jailed for six years.

Kathleen Perry, 50, of London Road, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (June 26) after being unanimously convicted by a jury of five counts of fraud and two of breaching anti-social behaviour orders.

She had pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, so that victims were required to give evidence as part of the prosecution’s case.

One was an 83-year-old man whom she took from his Bexhill care home having falsely told him he needed to pay for £40 to attend a Christmas party at a day centre in Hastings.

She had also spun stories about needing money to meet spurious coroner’s costs, saying a friend of her victims, one of whom was 68, had died.

Perry had breached an ASBO prohibiting her from entering any warden-controlled premises, complex or sheltered accommodation unless visiting someone to whom she was expressly known or was herself resident.

She had also breached another ASBO by going to a cash machine, bank or building society with someone who was not a partner or relative.

Judge Paul Tain told Perry that her actions, targeting vulnerable people and using false representation to obtain cash, had been despicable.

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