Matron convicted for stealing almost Â£1m
A Sussex nursing home matron has been convicted of theft after accepting almost Â£1 million from an elderly couple, both of whom suffered from dementia. Elizabeth Ayrey, 53, former matron of The Gables in Ifield, Crawley, admitted theft charges when she appeared before Hove Crown Court. The court heard that Edward and Dorothy Marke, both in their 80s and suffering from dementia had given her Â£880,000 in gifts of cash. Instead of refusing it she had used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Edward Marke had been part of the legal team that looked after merchandising for The Beatles in their early career and later became a successful legal executive for celebrities. Jailing Ayrey, Judge Guy Anthony said she had been in a position of trust and was well aware Mr and Mrs Marke suffered from dementia. “Their mental state was not such as to make it honest of you to take the very substantial amounts of money offered to you,” Judge Anthony said.