Prison for life-savings theft

A couple from Hartlepool were sentenced to two and a half years in prison for stealing around £100,000 from a 91-year-old woman suffering from dementia.

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Life savings theft couple jailed

A couple who were found guilty of wiping out a 91-year-old dementia sufferer's life savings in two years have been sentenced.

Lesley Reeve, 56, and husband Andrew, 55, have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The judge branded them 'utterly materialistic' for spending all but £3,000 of Reeve's godmother's £130,000.

Life-savings left couple sentenced

A couple from Hartlepool who wiped out a 91-year-old dementia sufferer's life savings in two years are due to be sentenced.

Lesley Reeve, 56, and husband Andrew, 55, spent all but £3,000 of her godmother's £130,000, after the pensioner allowed Mr Reeve to become a signatory on her bank accounts.

Teesside Crown Court heard how they had spent some of the cash on converting the garage of their home in Chichester Close into a wet room and gym.

Police release photos of home owned by couple guilty of theft

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Wetroom at home of The Reeves Credit: Cleveland Police

Police have released the photos they took of the home owned by Andrew and Lesley Reeve, convicted of stealing the life savings of a 91 year old woman with dementia. Mrs Reeve's Godmother was told the garage of the Reeve's home would be converted into a bedroom for her to live with them.

However the couple stole around £100,000 and spent it on luxury goods - and to turn their garage into a gym and wetroom.

Reeve House
The Reeve's detached Hartlepool home Credit: Cleveland Police
The Reeves' Kitchen Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police: "Mr and Mrs Reeve took full advantage of a vulnerable lady"

"Today’s result has brought a satisfactory conclusion to the first stage of what has proven to be a very difficult investigation.

"As the victim was unable to give evidence, it had to be proved by other means and credit for this must go to the investigating officer, Detective Constable Rachel Graham.

"Mr and Mrs Reeve took full advantage of a vulnerable lady and have spent her money entirely for their own benefit, which has left the victim with little left. We will now commence an investigation to recover the proceeds of the crime."

– Detective Inspector Dave Turnbull from the Cleveland Police Economic Crime Unit

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GUILTY: Couple convicted of stealing Godmother's life savings

A greedy couple from Hartlepool have been convicted of wiping out a 91-year-old dementia sufferer's life savings in two years of high spending.

The court heard that after Lesley and Andrew Reeve's two year spree, the Godmother, Joan Killen's savings had reduced from £130,000 to just £3,000.

The couple cleared debts, bought a car and electrical goods and presents for themselves. They also spent some of the cash on converting the garage of their home in Chichester Close into a wet room and gym, but told police the work was really to make it into a bedroom for "Aunty Joan".

Mrs Reeve, who collapsed in the dock, was convicted of stealing £2,940 in pension payments. The couple were cleared of stealing a winter fuel payment of £150. The pair will be sentenced on a date yet to be fixed.

Latest: Couple deny stealing £100,000

The jury in the case of a husband and wife accused of stealing thousands of pounds from the woman's 91-year-old Godmother have been sent home for the night after failing to reach a verdict.

It is alleged that Andrew and Lesley Reeve from Hartlepool told the dementia sufferer that her money would pay for a conversion at their home allowing her to move in with them - but instead they spent it on themselves. The couple deny theft.

Rachel Bullock was in court.

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