Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fraudster Stole [Pounds Sterling]120,000 from Brothel Run by Sisters in Their 80s

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fraudster Stole [Pounds Sterling]120,000 from Brothel Run by Sisters in Their 80s

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA

A FRAUDSTER pocketed the cash from the sale of a west London brothelafter the death of two octogenarian sisters who ran it, a court heard today.

Peter Burton, 49, stole up to [pounds sterling]120,000 from the sale of the "House of Love" inHammersmith, said to have been visited by the rich and famous for decades.

The house, in Margravine Gardens, was meant to go to the son of Mary Wheeler, aprostitute in her eighties, who entertained famous clients there with hersister Catherine Leadley.

But Burton cared for Ms Wheeler when she became ill and gained power ofattorney over her estate. He sold the property for [pounds sterling]200,000 after her death.

Southwark crown court heard he had nursed Ms Wheeler and they had a "closemother-son relationship".

Defence barrister Richard Jory said Ms Wheeler lived in accommodation run bythe mental health charity Mind and became dependent on Burton, her neighbour inthe home, after the death of her sister in September 1997. …

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