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Norfolk woman denies theft from her elderly father

PUBLISHED: 11:45 15 November 2012

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A daughter accused of stealing £100,000 from her elderly father told a jury that she had no idea that her husband had been making any cash withdrawals from her father’s account.

Dawn Bloom and her husband Colin had been looking after Richard George Richards, known as George, when they allegedly stole tens of thousands of pounds from his account over a five-year period, while they cared for him.

Norwich Crown Court heard how Mr Richards, who suffered a severe stroke, had moved in with the couple after his wife died in 2003.

It is alleged that Dawn Bloom, 41, of Cider Court, Banham and Colin Bloom, 45, of St John’s Way, Thetford, stole about £100,000 from Mr Richards. When Mr Richards died in December 2010, aged 79, the jury heard he had just £400 left in his account. The couple have both denied theft.

Giving evidence, Dawn Bloom, a civilian worker for Norfolk police, said that she thought cheques from her father’s account had only been used to pay for things such as his carers from social services and said she had no idea that other cash withdrawals had been made on her father’s account as she said “it was dad’s money”.

She said apart from the standing order for £200 a month from her father which was to pay for his share of household bills she said she had no idea that other withdrawals were also being made: “I was not aware.”

Dawn Bloom told the jury she had not seen any bank statements for her own account or her father’s and although she had been told how to access her father’s bank account on-line she had never done it.

“Colin was keeping mail from me, bills and debts and bank statements. I never even saw a bank statement. I thought a bank statement came out on a yearly basis and I never went to the bank.”

She said that her husband, from whom she had now separated, used to get money out for her and would put the cash in her purse, so there was no need for her to go the bank herself as she worked full-time.

The trial continues.

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