|Cheques: Nazneen Chattun|
A carer cashed 71 cheques while emptying over £200,000 from a 95 year-old woman’s bank account, a jury were told today.
Nazneen Chattun, 55, of Biscoe Close, Hounslow denies behaving dishonestly during her time assisting the vulnerable pensioner.
She has pleaded not guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to stealing £236,271.64 from Eileen Layton between April 30, 2012 and August 20, 2013.
The OAP, who lived alone in The Drive, Isleworth before moving to a care home, came to the attention of social services after being admitted to hospital.
Eileen gave evidence to the jury via video link, but mostly answered: “I don’t know” and “I can’t remember” to questions.
She had lived alone for fifty years and also gave a video recorded interview at Feltham Police Station and explained Chattun’s role.
“I don’t know much about Naz. She’s someone that used to pop in every other day.
“She used to do a bit of shopping sometimes if I ever wanted any bread or whatever and sit and talk.
“I didn’t take much notice.
“I must have had a chequebook, I suppose I must have signed them. Would I have signed seventy cheques?”
The court heard Chattun secured poor of attorney, which gave her total control over Eileen’s financial affairs and bank account.
“I don’t have a lot of money surely?” she said, explaining her working life was spent at a Waterloo restaurant owned by her father.
Chattun says she had permission to spend Eileen’s money on groceries, bills, repairs and the costs of garden clearing.
The prosecution say she also transferred sums directly from Eileen’s account to her own.
Hounslow social services became involved after Eileen was taken to West Middlesex Hospital’s casualty department on February 10, 2012.
They discovered she had been neglecting herself and living in sub-standard conditions.
There was no heating in the house, leaks and she was not eating or cleaning herself properly.
They arranged for daily care visits, but Eileen often refused to allow people in.