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Hartlepool couple guilty of stealing vulnerable godmother's life savings
A COUPLE were this afternoon found guilty of stealing the life-savings of a pensioner who was suffering from dementia.
Andrew and Lesley Reeve, from Hartlepool, now face jail for systematically raiding the bank accounts of her godmother.
The 91-year-old was in a care home and had handed over control of her finances to the Reeves, Teesside Crown Court heard.
The couple claimed she gave them permission to spend her cash as they wished - even though they were to receive it in her will.
Prosecutors said the pair were driven by greed and frittered away £100,000 in just two years on paying off debts and home improvements, They had a gym and wet room built at their home in Chichester Close, but insisted the work was so the OAP could move in with them.
The jury took seven hours over two days to reach its unanimous verdicts.
Lesley Reeve, 56, was convicted of three out of four charges of theft, and her 55-year-old husband two out of four.
The mother-of-two wept uncontrollably in the dock before collapsing in a heap on the floor, and had to be attended to by security staff.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, gave them both bail until they are sentenced next month.