November 23 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A Spixworth woman who became victim to a man who wheedled his way into her life after spinning her a web of lies has revealed more details about the depths of his deception as part of a warning to others.
David Andrews, 32, got into relationships with two women, creating a story about himself, before stealing from their children and selling the goods for himself.
Andrews, who admitted two counts of theft and fraud by false representation, was jailed for 20 months after a sentencing hearing at Norwich Crown Court during which Judge Stephen Holt called his actions “utterly despicable” and “one of the worst types of case, on its facts, of this particular offence that I’ve come across”.
Heather Neal, 37, of Spixworth, was one of Andrews’s victims who, after starting a relationship with him in 2012, was told by the defendant he had cancer and took him for treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
She said: “I would take him to hospital and North Walsham doctors as well. Every time there was a meeting with the consultant the date was always changed or he was too ill to go or something.”
Miss Neal, who was always told to stay in the car when he had an appointment at the hospital, said he usually returned with marks which suggested he had received injections in his arm or treatment elsewhere on his body.
These were not the only extreme lengths Andrews went to in conning his victim. He once superimposed an image of his face onto a picture of a parachute jumper to trick Miss Neal, who has in the past done some charity jumps, into believing he had done the same. Andrews, who told his other victim Melanie Poynter, from Cromer, that he had been a Royal Marine who had served in Afghanistan, even sent Miss Neal a picture of his father’s funeral, even though he is still alive.
Miss Neal said she was relieved it was over and that Andrews, of The Walkway, Walcott, was in prison.
She added: “It’s just awful what he did to me and my family. He shared his news with my family as well, so they were all involved.
“It wasn’t just me, it was my family, it was my friends, it was my work colleagues because I told them what I was going through, and they felt sorry for him and supported me to support him.”
She said she has spoken out in order to try and warn others.
She added: “It’s just an awful thing that he did and I don’t want him to be able, when he does come out, to be able to wheedle himself into somebody else’s life with lies and do this to them. It was a pretty awful time and it was something that I don’t ever want to go through again. You lose a lot of trust in men and relationships.”
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