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A son who stole all of his elderly mum’s money to spend on drink and drugs has been jailed.
Kevin Brown moved in with his mother Brenda, 79, as an unpaid carer for her in her Bristol home.
But having been given access to her bank account he cleaned it out for his own use – leaving her with a £1,500 overdraft.
Shortly before she died Mrs Brown, who had been diagnosed with vascular dementia, was visibly distressed when she told police she understood her son had stolen her money.
Brown, 47, of Frederick Road in Birmingham, pleaded guilty to fraud between November 2018 and June 2019.
Judge Michael Longman jailed him for 15 months.
He told Brown: “Such was the mean, calculated nature of offending that the sentence I’m required to pass must be served immediately.”
Chloe Griggs, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court Mrs Brown was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2018 and lacked financial capacity.
The court heard Brown moved in with his mother at her supported housing accommodation, unknown to Bristol City Council who would not have given him permission.
Miss Griggs said that, after Mrs Brown received a £28,000 insurance payout, her daughter was given £11,000 and Brown was given £5,000.
An arrangement was agreed for Brown to access his share via his mum’s bank account and also for him to use her bank cards.
Miss Griggs said: “Mr Brown was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.
“He led a chaotic lifestyle.
“Drugs were consumed in his mother’s flat and police received reports from residents at the care home about drug dealing in the csar park.
“He failed to pay his mother’s rent and utility bills.”
The court heard Brown completely cleaned out his mother’s bank account and by June 2019 she had a £1,500 overdraft.
Miss Griggs said Brown then returned to Birmingham and his mum went into a care home and died shortly after.
The value of the fraud was estimated at between £10,000 to £12,500.
‘He was trusted’
Rupert Russell, defending, said: “He did move into the house as a carer for his mother.
“He was trusted with her (bank) cards.
“He was given money from an insurance payout.
“He was clearly not capable of controlling his impulses.
“It put him in a position to take advantage of his mother.”
Mr Russell said his client was mentally frail but was currently drug-free and in stable accommodation.