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Son spent dementia-suffering dad's money on pub, clothes and his kids

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

By Ruth Mosalski / ruth.mosalski@swwmedia.co.uk / @ruthmosalski

A man spent £19,566 of his dementia suffering father's money.

A man spent £19,566 of his dementia suffering father's money.

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A SON spoilt his children and paid for his alcohol addiction with his dementia-suffering father's money.

Nigel Rees, from Penfilia Street in Brynhyfryd, admitted 15 charges of theft and fraud, after spending £19,566 of his dad's money.

Prosecutor Ian Ibrahim said Eiddon Rees was admitted to a care home in 2011 and the council paid his fees for a year.

At the time his father was admitted to the home, his capital was £73,000, so his son, his legal deputy since 2011, should have been using that money to pay them.

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Although Nigel Rees had spent £35,000 on legitimate care of his father, he had also spent £19,566 on his children, clothes and pub bills.

Nigel Rees said some of the money was then spent travelling in taxis to see him at his care home and on his father's 40-a-day cigarette habit.

Judge Paul Thomas said the case was "far from straight forward" but that Nigel Rees had abused his position.

"You treated his money as your own. In his condition, he has little need for any money expect to pay for his care home requirements.

"The victims here are those who were supplementing your father's care — the council and the council tax payers of Swansea.

"Your greed — and that's what it was — was to try reduce the money that the council knew about so that you got more of your father's money in due course."

But he said he accepted points from Rees's barrister, Huw Rees, that some of the money paid for his father's care and some of it may have been given by Mr Rees Sr to his grandchildren, if he was well.

The judge agreed to suspend his 15 month sentence but ordered Rees complete 240 hours of unpaid work.

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  • Smallfoot9  |  April 25 2014, 10:06PM

    Rubbish the government takes it all till u die get a life

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  April 25 2014, 6:57PM

    I think you will find that straightforward is one word.

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  • theparcel  |  April 25 2014, 12:57PM

    Greed will do that to man, talk bout biting the hand that used to feed, comfort, shelter, clothe and loved you!

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