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Men cleared of defrauding blind pensioner of her home

Two men were cleared on Friday of cheating a partially sighted pensioner out of her house.

David Graves bought the house from Ambrosine St. Clair Fetwell for 5,000 and sold in on to property developers for 110,000. He claims Fetwell gifted him her home because she didnt want her son to inherit it.

However, the prosecution argued in court that Graves enlisted the help of Richard Skidmore to deliver chocolates to Fetwells home. Fetwell, who is registered blind, then signed a Land Registry document, although she claimed she thought she was signing for the package.

Fetwell bought the house for 42,000 in 1990. Both Graves and Skidmore were cleared of conspiracy to defraud and transferring criminal property after a nine-day trial.


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FSA self-cert probe finds affordability check failings

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by Debra Corey, group reward director  You just planned and booked what you thought was the perfect vacation for you and your family. You call everyone together to share the great news and instead of receiving sounds of glee and delight, you receive groans and complaints.Your youngest says: “I hate beaches, didn’t you know that?” (You think to […]


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