Fraudsters stole from man in a coma

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court

The daughter of a man who fell victim to fraudsters while he was in hospital with Parkinson’s has warned other vulnerable people to be wary.

Geoffrey Jennings, 66, was being treated at Kettering General Hospital when David and Dawn Young, of Rothwell, took money from his account and sold some of his possessions on eBay without permission.

At Northampton Crown Court last week, Dawn Young admitted one count of fraud and one of theft, while her husband pleaded guilty to those and two more of fraud.

The victim’s daughter Dawn Jennings, whose father had been living in Pytchley, said she wanted to ensure no-one else fell into the same trap.

She sais: “My dad is lovely, he would give anybody anything, and they do this to him.”

She said her father’s condition has improved since he moved back to the north-east to be near his family.

Mr Jennings had been on friendly terms with Mr Young for a number of years and the couple had gained Mr Jennings’ trust by helping him withdraw cash after his diagnosis in 2007.

But after his admission to hospital – where he later fell into a coma – the Youngs made purchases and withdrawals totalling nearly £2,000 without Mr Jennings’ permission.

The couple were handed suspended sentences by Judge Rupert Mayo. He said: “He was vulnerable and you betrayed the trust he placed in you.”