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Son accused of defrauding elderly mum goes on trial

John Gwynn

[A] SON accused of defrauding his elderly mother to the alleged tune of more than £46,000 has gone on trial.

John Edward Gwynn, 66, denies one allegation of fraud. This alleges that during an 18-month period in 2015 and 2016 he abused his position as power of attorney through which he was expected to safeguard the financial interests of the late Mary Elizabeth Gwynn.

At Carlisle Crown Court today (MON), a trial jury heard allegations Gwynn took or spent money from his mother’s bank accounts “for his own benefit”.

Barrow-based Mrs Gwynn died in January this year, the court heard, at the age of 91.

Opening the case, prosecutor Nick Kennedy alleged there had been “a large degree of financial mismanagement” of Gwynn’s mother’s bank accounts.

Gwynn had, alleged the prosecutor, been “abusing” a power of attorney role he  assumed due to her failing health.

Jurors heard the total alleged fraud amounts to £46,169.56.

Gwynn, of Kirkstone Crescent, Barrow, denies the alleged wrongdoing.

The trial continues.

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