Robin Brierley jailed for six months after stealing £7,800 from 'vulnerable' mother

JAILED: Man who stole sick mum's life savings to bring internet love to UK

JAILED: Man who stole sick mum's life savings to bring internet love to UK

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A SON who stole thousands of pounds from his elderly mother to fly his online Ghanaian girlfriend to the UK has been jailed for six months.

As reported by the Daily Echo, Robin Brierley, of Hankinson Road in Bournemouth, took £7800 from his “vulnerable” mother Sylvia Brierley after he and his brother Philip Brierley had been granted her power of attorney.

Prosecutor Tim Bradbury told the court that the 59-year-old fraudster had accessed Mrs Brierley's HSBC account on four separate occasions, sending much of the money to a woman he had met on the internet and putting a further £1,000 towards a holiday to Brazil.

“The defendant's mother was 87 years old. She had been living in a nursing home since 2011, suffers with poor physical health and Alzheimer's,” added Mr Bradbury.

Brierley was confronted by his brother about the missing money, before his family called the police and he was arrested.

He pleaded guilty and confessed to sending the money to a woman from Ghana he had met on the internet.

Defence barrister Charles Gabb said his client had been the victim of a scam and has been trying to raise the funds to repay the money.

He added: “It may be said there is nothing like an old fool and being stupid. He has been a fool to himself.

“It begs the question, how on earth does a man of 59 with a blameless record become involved in this?”

Mr Gabb described the impact the break-up of Brierley's marriage had had on him and that he was at “rock bottom” at the time of the fraud.

“This is not an excuse, it is an explanation,” said Mr Gabb. “For some reason he found himself unable to cope.

“Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?”

Brierley kept his head bowed as he was told he would have to serve half of his six month sentence in prison for fraud by abuse of position.

Sentencing, recorder Jonathan Fuller said: “There may be all manner of reasons why you chose to take this money, but you chose to take it from your elderly and vulnerable mother.”

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7:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Brings tears to your eyes .a thieving prat with a pink handbag ,so tacky,but no surprise with the sentence
Brings tears to your eyes .a thieving prat with a pink handbag ,so tacky,but no surprise with the sentence kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 18

8:51pm Fri 1 Aug 14

samstone says...

No fool like an old fool!! Men of all ages can fall for this sort of scam, just lonely and find it hard to meet people. I know men in there thirties that have gone down the same route but not stolen money to fund it
No fool like an old fool!! Men of all ages can fall for this sort of scam, just lonely and find it hard to meet people. I know men in there thirties that have gone down the same route but not stolen money to fund it samstone
  • Score: 12

9:18pm Fri 1 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Wonder if his bleating relative will show up on here and comment, they did when the story appeared the other day. Scum is in jail where he belongs, thieving worm.
Wonder if his bleating relative will show up on here and comment, they did when the story appeared the other day. Scum is in jail where he belongs, thieving worm. FerryFan
  • Score: 13

10:26pm Fri 1 Aug 14

RM says...

Shame he'll only have to serve half his sentence. I hope his poor old Mum doesn't realise what he's done. Low life.
Shame he'll only have to serve half his sentence. I hope his poor old Mum doesn't realise what he's done. Low life. RM
  • Score: 15

10:32pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sir Cliff East says...

“Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?”

........

Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'.

Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting.
Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure.
This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck.
P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.
“Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?” ........ Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'. Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting. Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure. This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck. P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on. Sir Cliff East
  • Score: 7

11:11pm Fri 1 Aug 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Sir Cliff East wrote:
“Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?”

........

Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'.

Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting.
Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure.
This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck.
P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.
Completely false! Plenty of normal people meet on UK dating site and UK location apps like Tinder.
.
The whole alarm bells issue about this situation are the words internet and Ghana!
.
Would you be interested in buying a Nigerian lottery ticket??? You have great odds at being contacted as a winner!!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Cliff East[/bold] wrote: “Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?” ........ Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'. Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting. Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure. This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck. P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.[/p][/quote]Completely false! Plenty of normal people meet on UK dating site and UK location apps like Tinder. . The whole alarm bells issue about this situation are the words internet and Ghana! . Would you be interested in buying a Nigerian lottery ticket??? You have great odds at being contacted as a winner!! HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 8

12:01am Sat 2 Aug 14

Huey says...

I think it is funny
I think it is funny Huey
  • Score: -5

1:34am Sat 2 Aug 14

Bob49 says...

so how do we actually know that the money disappeared into the pockets of a woman from Ghana ?

because this trustworthy citizen told us


oh dear
so how do we actually know that the money disappeared into the pockets of a woman from Ghana ? because this trustworthy citizen told us oh dear Bob49
  • Score: 17

5:06am Sat 2 Aug 14

misplacedspaniard says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Sir Cliff East wrote:
“Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?”

........

Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'.

Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting.
Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure.
This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck.
P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.
Completely false! Plenty of normal people meet on UK dating site and UK location apps like Tinder.
.
The whole alarm bells issue about this situation are the words internet and Ghana!
.
Would you be interested in buying a Nigerian lottery ticket??? You have great odds at being contacted as a winner!!
I agree with HRH. I met my partner on the internet. We've been together for many years with two beautiful children.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Cliff East[/bold] wrote: “Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?” ........ Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'. Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting. Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure. This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck. P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.[/p][/quote]Completely false! Plenty of normal people meet on UK dating site and UK location apps like Tinder. . The whole alarm bells issue about this situation are the words internet and Ghana! . Would you be interested in buying a Nigerian lottery ticket??? You have great odds at being contacted as a winner!![/p][/quote]I agree with HRH. I met my partner on the internet. We've been together for many years with two beautiful children. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: -1

8:17am Sat 2 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Sir Cliff East wrote:
“Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?”

........

Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'.

Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting.
Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure.
This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck.
P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.
What makes me wonder is - people who try and claim lottery wins for lotteries they have not entered and end up losing goodness knows what as a result. Thick people about. If it is their own money though, their fault, no sympathy, it is when it is someone else's savings/income....
[quote][p][bold]Sir Cliff East[/bold] wrote: “Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?” ........ Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'. Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting. Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure. This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck. P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.[/p][/quote]What makes me wonder is - people who try and claim lottery wins for lotteries they have not entered and end up losing goodness knows what as a result. Thick people about. If it is their own money though, their fault, no sympathy, it is when it is someone else's savings/income.... FerryFan
  • Score: 6

4:26pm Sat 2 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

Sir Cliff East wrote:
“Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?”

........

Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'.

Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting.
Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure.
This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck.
P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.
Thailand is better then.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Cliff East[/bold] wrote: “Who on earth in their right mind would think striking up a relationship with a woman from Ghana on the internet was a good idea?” ........ Well said. But the warning still applies if you remove the words 'from Ghana'. Be warned Gentlemen, only the leftover nutters and 3rd hand loony's await you if you delve into the mysterious world of keyboard love hunting. Forget it. Buy a metal detector and go find some real treasure. This is my one and only warning on the matter. I shan't tell you again or be there to mend your shattered heart. Good luck. P.S, marry one and you've instantly lost half your house. Think on.[/p][/quote]Thailand is better then. holdinkæft
  • Score: 2

6:55pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

The man is clearly a sick and depraved individual who his own family cannot stand, hence his own brother "shopping" him to the Police. Enjoy your stay in prison sicko, you never know you may find some love "action" in there you didn't expect.
The man is clearly a sick and depraved individual who his own family cannot stand, hence his own brother "shopping" him to the Police. Enjoy your stay in prison sicko, you never know you may find some love "action" in there you didn't expect. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 5

5:53pm Sun 3 Aug 14

skydriver says...

Should have got 6 years, what a selfish idiot, I hope he thinks hard about what he has done. Although out in about 2 months so no real punishment .still he will have to live with it for the rest of his life.
Should have got 6 years, what a selfish idiot, I hope he thinks hard about what he has done. Although out in about 2 months so no real punishment .still he will have to live with it for the rest of his life. skydriver
  • Score: 5

3:47am Mon 4 Aug 14

onwheels says...

Bob49 wrote:
so how do we actually know that the money disappeared into the pockets of a woman from Ghana ?

because this trustworthy citizen told us


oh dear
I agree Bob, & there are plenty of pr*st*tu*es in the area & much cheaper than fake liars on the internet. They could even be men just using someone elses photograph. This sleazy excuse for a loving son, could be telling all sorts of 'genuine lies' with no concrete evidence to show where thousands of pounds has been spent. Not including the other £5,000 he helped himself to from the same account before Power of attorney was awarded. So if my maths is right that's £12,800. I don't think this sleaze bag excuse for a man knows how to tell the truth. That is also three wives later, my guess would be that he never was faithful & honest. Goodness knows what he has done to his family & how upset they must be. At last he is where he should be, but not for long enough!
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: so how do we actually know that the money disappeared into the pockets of a woman from Ghana ? because this trustworthy citizen told us oh dear[/p][/quote]I agree Bob, & there are plenty of pr*st*tu*es in the area & much cheaper than fake liars on the internet. They could even be men just using someone elses photograph. This sleazy excuse for a loving son, could be telling all sorts of 'genuine lies' with no concrete evidence to show where thousands of pounds has been spent. Not including the other £5,000 he helped himself to from the same account before Power of attorney was awarded. So if my maths is right that's £12,800. I don't think this sleaze bag excuse for a man knows how to tell the truth. That is also three wives later, my guess would be that he never was faithful & honest. Goodness knows what he has done to his family & how upset they must be. At last he is where he should be, but not for long enough! onwheels
  • Score: 1

4:02am Mon 4 Aug 14

onwheels says...

Bob49 wrote:
so how do we actually know that the money disappeared into the pockets of a woman from Ghana ?

because this trustworthy citizen told us


oh dear
I agree Bob, & there are plenty of pr*st*tu*es in the area & much cheaper than fake liars on the internet. They could even be men just using someone elses photograph. This sleazy excuse for a loving son, could be telling all sorts of 'genuine lies' with no concrete evidence to show where thousands of pounds has been spent. Not including the other £5,000 he helped himself to from the same account before Power of attorney was awarded. So if my maths is right that's £12,800. I don't think this sleaze bag excuse for a man knows how to tell the truth. That is also three wives later, my guess would be that he never was faithful & honest. Goodness knows what he has done to his family & how upset they must be. At last he is where he should be, but not for long enough!
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: so how do we actually know that the money disappeared into the pockets of a woman from Ghana ? because this trustworthy citizen told us oh dear[/p][/quote]I agree Bob, & there are plenty of pr*st*tu*es in the area & much cheaper than fake liars on the internet. They could even be men just using someone elses photograph. This sleazy excuse for a loving son, could be telling all sorts of 'genuine lies' with no concrete evidence to show where thousands of pounds has been spent. Not including the other £5,000 he helped himself to from the same account before Power of attorney was awarded. So if my maths is right that's £12,800. I don't think this sleaze bag excuse for a man knows how to tell the truth. That is also three wives later, my guess would be that he never was faithful & honest. Goodness knows what he has done to his family & how upset they must be. At last he is where he should be, but not for long enough! onwheels
  • Score: 0

8:37am Sun 31 Aug 14

Guess who :) AGAIN ! says...

And his so called "girlfriend" in Ghana was using this fool to gain entry in to the United Kingdom no doubt, no fool like and old fool as the saying goes which brings me on to gypo joe posting on his toilet paper the shopper who would welcome every immigrant on the planet to this country and wants to ban UKIP and all their members, and just wants to have a 3 political cabel in this country, well no i got that bit wrong a bit, he dont mind other political partys exsisting and operating in this country just so long as they do not become popular and a threat to the lib dems conservatives or labour politicians seats in this country, otherwise this filthy extremist gypo joe would like other political partys banned once they start gaining support like UKIP have started doing
Im chuckling as i type this as i know scum bag gypo joe will get around to seeing this and it will cement in to his thick head the very reason his grotty paper he works on is losing customers and readers, they just dont like reading his sick rants about wanting more immigrants in to the Uk when the majority of people are sick to the back teeth of it...........
Joe cant do much now tho cos the people are waking up to the fact that voting for the same 3 is a wasted vote and newer fresher political right wing partys is the way forward in the Uk
Lol gypo joe on his failing little paper, getting smaller and slimmer each week as people shun this toilet paper, and the fact it is "free" makes no difference as it not wanted by decent people, they want nothing to do with extremist views and horrible nasty sexist/racist comments pushed forward by the resident extremist lol
And his so called "girlfriend" in Ghana was using this fool to gain entry in to the United Kingdom no doubt, no fool like and old fool as the saying goes which brings me on to gypo joe posting on his toilet paper the shopper who would welcome every immigrant on the planet to this country and wants to ban UKIP and all their members, and just wants to have a 3 political cabel in this country, well no i got that bit wrong a bit, he dont mind other political partys exsisting and operating in this country just so long as they do not become popular and a threat to the lib dems conservatives or labour politicians seats in this country, otherwise this filthy extremist gypo joe would like other political partys banned once they start gaining support like UKIP have started doing Im chuckling as i type this as i know scum bag gypo joe will get around to seeing this and it will cement in to his thick head the very reason his grotty paper he works on is losing customers and readers, they just dont like reading his sick rants about wanting more immigrants in to the Uk when the majority of people are sick to the back teeth of it........... Joe cant do much now tho cos the people are waking up to the fact that voting for the same 3 is a wasted vote and newer fresher political right wing partys is the way forward in the Uk Lol gypo joe on his failing little paper, getting smaller and slimmer each week as people shun this toilet paper, and the fact it is "free" makes no difference as it not wanted by decent people, they want nothing to do with extremist views and horrible nasty sexist/racist comments pushed forward by the resident extremist lol Guess who :) AGAIN !
  • Score: 0

9:08am Sun 31 Aug 14

Gold and Silver says...

Well said > Guess Who :) Again there is a lot of stuff all over the internet about this idiot Gypo Joe i mean how pathetic to get a racist username just because you have this hatred towards minorty groups like the Gypsies; so o-k they are a pest sometimes by having to leave behind their rubbish as they are evicted by the local authorities .
Gypo Joe the rumour goes was once sent by his newspaper (can it really be described as a `newspaper` if it is 99% advertising material?) to report on the Gypsy site in Star Lane or someth? the gypsie`s chased him back to his vehicle and scared him really bad and ever since then he decided to post anti-traveller comments under a ton of different names? lmao .
As for voting UKIP-BNP Joe cant stop anyone from doing what they choose to do - our parents, grandparents, didn`t fight 2 world wars to allow idiots like Gypo Joe to stop anyone!!!!! .

Also ; Since that guy from the News of the World got jailed anyone posting up names and addresses will end up facing the courts, Gypo joe knows this fact and is too scared to do it anymore so all in all it is a VICTORY for the ordinary man and woman in the street to be able to post their views on forums without idiots like Gypo Joe trying to force them off, Joe`s been brought to his knees - he can carry on embarrising himself with his `fake` hardman mockney accent; "alright boi" trash signature comments on every other post; but he knows deep down he has been shown to be a total idiot online!!!

I heard Scoffer has had 3 holidays in 2014, whilst Joe hasn`t had 1 .....poor old Gypo Joe no holidays year in year out, just bleating out the same worn out lines about not wanting the UKIP around........ FAILED i`d say boi !!!!
Well said > Guess Who :) Again there is a lot of stuff all over the internet about this idiot Gypo Joe i mean how pathetic to get a racist username just because you have this hatred towards minorty groups like the Gypsies; so o-k they are a pest sometimes by having to leave behind their rubbish as they are evicted by the local authorities . Gypo Joe the rumour goes was once sent by his newspaper (can it really be described as a `newspaper` if it is 99% advertising material?) to report on the Gypsy site in Star Lane or someth? the gypsie`s chased him back to his vehicle and scared him really bad and ever since then he decided to post anti-traveller comments under a ton of different names? lmao . As for voting UKIP-BNP Joe cant stop anyone from doing what they choose to do - our parents, grandparents, didn`t fight 2 world wars to allow idiots like Gypo Joe to stop anyone!!!!! . Also ; Since that guy from the News of the World got jailed anyone posting up names and addresses will end up facing the courts, Gypo joe knows this fact and is too scared to do it anymore so all in all it is a VICTORY for the ordinary man and woman in the street to be able to post their views on forums without idiots like Gypo Joe trying to force them off, Joe`s been brought to his knees - he can carry on embarrising himself with his `fake` hardman mockney accent; "alright boi" trash signature comments on every other post; but he knows deep down he has been shown to be a total idiot online!!! I heard Scoffer has had 3 holidays in 2014, whilst Joe hasn`t had 1 .....poor old Gypo Joe no holidays year in year out, just bleating out the same worn out lines about not wanting the UKIP around........ FAILED i`d say boi !!!! Gold and Silver
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