Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Million Tears after My Own Daughter Fleeced Me; Pensioner's Heartache over Pounds 8,000 Swindle

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Million Tears after My Own Daughter Fleeced Me; Pensioner's Heartache over Pounds 8,000 Swindle

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Byline: By KATY SIMPSON

SHE was heartlessly fleeced by her own daughter, but disabled pensioner Patricia Tait still has the compassion to forgive.

The 80-year-old told of her heartache for the first time today since being swindled out of pounds 8,000 by her only child.

Cold-hearted crook Elizabeth Carrotte was jailed for 15 months at the start of October after cleaning out her mum's account.

Carrotte, 57, of Aycliffe Avenue, Gateshead, was entrusted with the finances of her wheelchair-bound mum after she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Armed with her cheque book, bank card and PIN, she plundered the account until every penny was gone, forging 76 cheques in her mother's name.

Meanwhile, confused Patricia faced threats of legal action because bills were going unpaid.

Carrotte admitted theft and fraud offences only as her trial before a jury was about to begin.

The former book-keeper had already been jailed more than a decade ago for stealing pounds 100,000 from her then employer.

Despite her ordeal, heartbroken Patricia, who lives in Lobley Hill, Gateshead, says she would forgive her daughter straight away if she simply apologised.

"I've asked myself a million times, why?" she said. "At night, I talk to myself, saying what I would say to her.

"She is my only child, and we used to talk all the time. Now I haven't spoken to her for three years.

"But if she comes and says sorry, I would forgive her. It's my grandsons that worry me. I miss them all and I've got no one now.

"I just spend all day looking out of the window and watching the world go past.

"I've asked myself a million questions and cried a million tears. But at the end of the day, I have just got to try and get on with my life now."

The housebound widow was betrayed by her daughter after trusting her with her bank details in order to buy groceries.

She said: "I had no idea what was going on. It all started after I had words with her because I didn't like the way she was leading her life.

"I said some horrible things, but it was the truth.

"For five weeks she just left my shopping in bags outside the door, without even ringing the bell. …

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