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Woman denies defrauding her mother of thousands

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THE trial has begun of a woman accused of defrauding her mother out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The Royal Court building on St James Street. (28689556)

Marie Trubuil, 48, denies three charges which relate to fraud by abuse of position.

It is alleged that in 2012 she presented a cheque from her mother’s bank account to Black Horse Finance for £15,681.79.

In April 2014 she transferred £99,000 from the account to her own account and, in December that year, used £250,000 from it in order to buy a property in Town. All matters were allegedly done without her mother’s consent.

The total amount involved in the charges was £364,000, but opening the prosecution case, Crown Advocate Will Giles said that the prosecution believed the total amount taken by Miss Trubuil was likely to be some £500,000, almost all of her late father’s estate.

The estate was about £565,000 from realty which went to Mrs Trubuil, with about £135,000 of personalty, of which Miss Trubuil received just over £89,000.

But she had ‘embarked on an extended spending spree drawing from her mother’s bank account as if it was her own’.

While she had bought items for herself, including a Land Rover Freelander (the £15,681 amount) and taken holidays to the UAE and Egypt, her mother had received nothing.

‘The case is that the defendant pursued a course of conduct which systematically depleted and finally exhausted the life savings of her mother,’ said Crown Advocate Giles.

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‘This, the prosecution say, was a gross breach of trust.’

He said that he expected the defence to contend that either Miss Trubuil’s mother knew about these transactions, or that they were done by mistake.

Giving evidence via video in a series of ABE (Achieving Best Evidence) interviews recorded in 2017 and after, Mrs Trubuil said that on the death of Mr Trubuil, her daughter had taken over administration of Mrs Trubuil’s account because she was good with figures.

She said her daughter had never asked her for money, nor for a loan and nor had she discussed using money from Mrs Trubuil’s account.

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Had Miss Trubuil asked for £250,000 to buy a house, Mrs Trubuil said she might have given it to her but it would depend on how much she had in her account.

Officers also took Mrs Trubuil through her bank statements, which after the death of her husband showed regular large sums of money being paid in, believed to be from the late Mr Trubuil’s estate.

The statements also showed various amounts being spent at several shops including Olympus Sports, Aladdin’s Cave, Boots, Land of Green Ginger and Nautilus.

Mrs Trubuil could not think of anything, apart possibly from a pair of trainers and trousers, that her daughter might have bought for her from these stores.

The prosecution case is due to continue today and the trial is scheduled to last all week.

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