Woman sentenced for theft from her foster-father

25/09/2015

Madina Kamara-Aspin, 34, from Havant today received a two-year suspended sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court of one offence of theft and one offence of fraud against her foster-father Eric Aspin.

Following sentencing, Dawn Hyland, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "Madina Kamara-Aspin abused the trust that her foster-father had placed in her for her own profit. The late Eric and Margaret Aspin raised Madina Kamara-Aspin as their own child and had taken care of her since she was a baby. Although she was not living with her foster-parents any more, she had maintained contact with them.

Mr Aspin sadly died in May. During his illness, he needed the help of his daughter but she took advantage of his poorly condition. There is no doubt that he would have been deeply disappointed by his daughter's behaviour."

After the death of Mrs Aspin in February 2014, Madina would visit her foster-father frequently and would do his shopping, particularly when he became too unwell to leave the house. Mr Aspin had permitted her to use his debit card to purchase the food and petrol. He trusted her to do this, however, she also began to take large sums of money from his account, which she did not have permission to do. Mr Aspin was not aware of her fraud and in five months the balance reduced by almost £14,000 in total. He never saw a bank statement.

Her mother had left her entire estate to her husband, which consisted of £33,473 in cash in a Lloyds account. Madina Kamara-Aspin was the executor of that will, however, rather than facilitate the transfer of the cash to Mr Aspin as the beneficiary, she opened two new accounts in her name, split the money between the accounts and proceeded to use it as her own. By the time of her arrest she had already spent over £4000, going to America and the Seychelles.

Ms Hyland said: "During her trial, Madina Kamara-Aspin claimed that her father had given her permission to borrow money from his account and her mother's estate. After hearing both the prosecution and the defence cases, the jury was satisfied that she had lied. The court heard also how her brother was upset about the behaviour of his sister whom he said 'stole from people who put a roof above their heads when they needed it most'."