A carer who took advantage of an elderly man’s love and infatuation with her when she accepted more than £100,000 in gifts has not yet sold her house to pay the money back, a judge heard yesterday.
Defence lawyer Dennis Boyd told Downpatrick Crown Court that so far there have been two viewings of Lesley Boyd’s home, on the market for £139,000 “for some considerable time”, but that as yet there have been no offers made on the property at Chippendale Avenue in Bangor.
Judge Piers Grant said the house “needs to be sold rapidly” and suggested that it could be put up for auction to allow 56-year-old Boyd to pay back the cash she wrongfully accepted.
Mr Boyd said that, potentially, the price could be dropped to £120,000 and Judge Grant adjourned the case for two weeks but warned that if there was no movement in that time he would call the estate agent to tell him what steps were being taken.
Last December Boyd was jailed for four months to be followed by a year on supervised licence after she admitted six counts of fraud in relation to the writing of six bank cheques from the account of Cecil McAllister that totalled more than £61,000 and to the theft of £44,000 belonging to Mr McAllister.