The trial of sisters Lorraine Smith and Audra-Ann Bean - accused of financially exploiting their grandmother - is coming to a close. <em>*File photo</em>
The trial of sisters Lorraine Smith and Audra-Ann Bean - accused of financially exploiting their grandmother - is coming to a close. *File photo

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25: The trial of sisters Lorraine Smith and Audra-Ann Bean is coming to a close and the jury could reach a verdict on Thursday.

Lawyers for the Crown and the defendants gave closing speeches this morning.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves is expected to start summing up the trial this afternoon.

Ms Smith, 46, and Ms Bean, 44, deny financially exploiting their grandmother Lenice Tucker, 87, and stealing nearly half a million dollars.

The court heard the women allegedly took her to HSBC and Butterfield Bank and convinced her to add them to her bank accounts.

Ms Tucker inherited some $500,000 in July 2010 after her sister Lesseline died.

The sisters moved the money from all Ms Tucker’s bank accounts and left her with $200.

The sisters, who are both Seventh-day Adventist, claimed they moved the money to protect it from their drug-addict father.

They also told the jury their grandmother gave them permission to use money for various expenses including rent, school fees and windows.

Ms Tucker denied ever giving them permission to join her bank accounts or spend her money.