Fraud carer must pay back all cash to D-Day veteran

Beverley Davis, 35, of Parkhouse Farm Way, Havant, who has to pay back �9,164 she stole from a D-Day veteran
Beverley Davis, 35, of Parkhouse Farm Way, Havant, who has to pay back �9,164 she stole from a D-Day veteran
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  • Fraudster conned 89-year-old D-Day landings veteran out of savings
  • Judge orders her to pay it all back in compensation
  • She says what she did was not an abuse of trust
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FRAUDSTER Beverley Davis has been told to pay back every single penny she tricked out of a D-Day landings veteran.

Davis took £9,164 over 42 transactions from 89-year-old Ray Warren, a former Royal Marine.

I’m really pleased that she’s having to pay back what she’s taken – I’m just hoping she’s learnt from it

Victim’s daughter Elaine Symonds

The mother-of-three was supposed to be helping Mr Warren when she agreed to help care for him.

But Davis tricked him into handing over his bank cards and stole thousands of pounds.

Now a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court has ordered her to pay it all to Mr Warren’s estate in six months or face being sent to jail for a year.

Mr Warren, of Priorsdean Crescent, Havant, died before the case came to court with his family saying he ‘gave up on life’ after struggling to come to terms with what Davis did to him.

The 35-year-old was handed a 12-month jail term in April for the fraud and for a separate £1,046 credit card scam carried out on another victim.

Mr Warren’s daughter Elaine Symonds, 58, told The News: ‘I’m a little bit shocked.

‘I’m really pleased that she’s having to pay back what she’s taken – I’m just hoping she’s learnt from it.’

She added: ‘I wasn’t expecting to get any of it back.’

The News revealed in April how Davis left her victim so devastated by her abuse of trust he lay in bed worrying about money at night and had stopped going out.

He died five months after it was discovered the cash had been taken. Prosecutors said there was no suggestion his death was linked to the crime.

The cash has been ordered to be paid back under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 after Hampshire police’s financial investigation unit pursued the money.

Speaking to The News after the brief hearing and after she was released from jail, Davis, of Parkhouse Farm Way, Havant, said what she did was ‘not at all’ an abuse of trust.

She said: ‘We looked after Ray for 15 years. He was like a grandad to me and our family.

‘We would go and do anything for him and he would do anything for us.’

Her husband Nicholas, 36, said Mr Warren spent 17 Christmases with the family and Davis said Mr Warren gave up on life seven years ago – not recently when she took the cash.

Mrs Symonds said he stopped going out after the cash was discovered taken.

Davis said she had previously saved Mr Warren’s life when she went to give him a dinner and found him on the floor having had a stroke.

Hampshire police have welcomed the judge’s order that Beverley Davis must pay back all the cash to her victim’s estate.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Emily Dummer said: ‘I’m pleased that we’ve been able to get back all of the money that was stolen from Ray Warren.

‘This sends out a clear message to anyone who preys on vulnerable people that we will always aim to get money back for our victims.

‘Sadly, Mr Warren has since died, however I hope this result can provide his family with some closure.’