KIND Ray Warren – the war veteran conned by his carer – had just wanted to leave behind enough to pay for his funeral and provide a nest egg for his daughter.
Instead he spent his last few months lying awake at night worrying about money.
The 89-year-old died in May last year before he could see fraudster Beverley Davis in the dock but his victim impact statement was read out as the heartless carer was jailed by a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court.
Prosecutor Martyn Booth read as Davis wept, saying: ‘He says the he has been a victim of crime where somebody he cared about and considered to be thoroughly trustworthy stole a lot of money from him.
‘He said it affected him pretty badly. He was trying to save money to pass along to his daughter and son-in-law who have always been there for him.
‘He said Beverley has taken all of his savings away.
‘He said he can’t begin to understand how she can do this to him.
‘He said he lies in bed at night and struggles to go to sleep. He said it shouldn’t be happening after a lifetime of working hard.’
Mr Booth added his statement said he also had previously looked forward to playing with Davis’ children.
‘His last days, months, and weeks were no doubt more difficult because of what happened,’ Mr Booth said.
He added prosecutors were suggesting a link between his death and Davis’ tricking of the former marine and Post Office depot worker.
Addressing Davis, Judge Peter Dixon Crabtree said Mr Warren died extremely stressed with no money.
He said: ‘That’s an appalling way to come to the end of one’s life. It’s quite an awful state to be left in.
‘You targeted a vulnerable old man.’
He added her actions were ‘despicable’ but she did not do it to fund an extravagant life.
Berenice Mulvanny, defending, said Davis was of good character, had pleaded guilty and a jail term will have an effect on her family.
She said: ‘It was a part of her life she didn’t even recognise.
‘This is something she has struggled to come to terms with. She didn’t think she was capable of doing something like this.’