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Man pleads not guilty to allegedly defrauding his 91-year-old mother

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN accused of defrauding his 91-year-old Barrow mother has told a judge he is “definitely not guilty” of the allegation.

John Edward Gwynn, 66, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI).

Gwynn faces one fraud charge which covers a period between July 2015 and December last year,

This alleges that he dishonestly “abused his position as power of attorney, in which he was expected to safeguard and not act against the financial interests of Mary Elizabeth Gwynn, by taking and/or spending monies” from her bank accounts for his own benefit.

When the charge was put by the court clerk to Gwynn during today’s short hearing, he stated emphatically from the dock: “Definitely not guilty.”

Gwynn, whose address was given as Great North Road, near Selby, North Yorkshire, was told by Judge Barbara Forrester his trial would start at the crown court on March 19 next year.

In the meantime he was granted bail. The conditions are that he must not contact Mary Elizabeth Gwynn, not go within a specified distance of an address in Barrow.

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