MONDAY, APRIL 23: Six thousand dollars was taken from Lenice Tucker’s bank account to buy a car for the defendants' sick sister, a court heard today.
Lorraine Smith, 46, and Audra-Ann Bean, 44, are on trial for financially exploiting their grandmother, Ms Tucker, 87, and stealing nearly half a million dollars from her. They deny the charges.
Ms Smith told the court this morning that their sister, Avril Paul, was suffering from breast cancer at the time and needed a car. She said her sister was unable to ride her bike anymore having gone through chemotherapy and radiation.
Ms Smith said: “She came to me and said she was very weak and she asked me if possible, if we can go to Len to see if she can lend her money so she can get a car.
“So then I went to Len and asked if she could borrow the money for a car.
“Len and I talked about it and she said yes I can go and put the money in Avril’s account so I went to the bank and transferred the money.”
Larry Mussenden, lawyer for Ms Smith, took her through various transactions on the bank account and asked her to explain them.
Ms Smith said $5,900 was paid to Amos Funeral Home for the cost of Aunt Marjorie’s son Nigel’s funeral.
She also told the jury at one point she moved $10,000 into Ms Tucker’s bank account so that she could take out money when she wanted.
She said $2,600 of a $5,000 withdrawal was used to pay Ms Smith’s rent.
The court heard $898 was used to pay legal fees at Appleby and the remainder was used to pay for household bills.
Ms Smith told the court she asked her grandmother for help with her children’s school fees at the Bermuda Institute. She withdrew $2,000 for that.
Mr Mussenden asked Ms Smith about a few more withdrawals for money that she couldn’t account for. Ms Smith told the court money was used to pay a deposit for Ms Bean’s apartment and rent, but didn’t say how much.
The trial continues.