Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Elder Abuse and Murder in New South Wales

The Australian Newspaper is today reporting on the guilty verdict in the trial of a woman who systematically stole the assets of the person she was caring for to fuel a gambling habit and then murdered him to try and cover up.

From the story by Lema Samendar:

A CARER with a gambling problem has been found guilty of murdering an elderly man to cover up misusing his money, a court has heard.

Pokies addict Kerry Forrest, 54, was found guilty in the Supreme Court today of giving 84-year-old retired realtor Bill Adamson a huge dose of morphine in a Campbelltown hotel room in April 2010.

“Ms Forrest misappropriated Mr Adamson’s money and killed him to prevent that misappropriation being exposed,” Judge Peter Hidden said.

“She killed him by having him ingest MS-Contin.

“I cannot be certain how she did so, but it is most likely that she crushed tablets and mixed them with his food.”

The court heard that Forrest, who had moved in with Mr Adamson, became increasingly involved in his financial affairs since 2009.

She sold his Kareela house, demanded access to his financial records and set up various accounts with his cash.

The full story can be accessed HERE.

If you are concerned that someone you know might be the victim of elder abuse, contact your local services through the Elder Abuse Protection Unit by clicking HERE.


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