Lorry Driver Guilty of Charities Will Fraud
Tegel, Simeon, The Birmingham Post (England)
An unemployed lorry driver was yesterday convicted over a plot to defraud the beneficiaries of an elderly spinster's pounds 1.8 million will.
David Spillman (45), of Shoebury, Essex, had denied one charge of conspiracy to defraud.
But a jury at Basildon Crown Court found him guilty by a majority of ten to two.
The fraud had involved Spillman's mother-in-law Annette Russill posing in a wig as the wheelchair-bound Miss Annie Kay, aged 87.
Russill also forged Miss Kay's signature on a bogus will during a meeting with Miss Kay's solicitor.
Russill (65), of Rochford, Essex, and her daughter, Spillman's estranged wife, also called Annette, (47), of Southend, Essex, had already admitted their part in the fraud.
Annette Spillman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud and theft. Russill admitted conspiracy to defraud.
The jury heard how the Spillmans and Russill had attempted to "get their hands on" the estate of Miss Kay, who lived at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. …