A man and a woman have been convicted of stealing more than £23,000 from their 92-year-old neighbour.
Boniface was jailed for three years and Merryweather was handed a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
The pair used their elderly neighbour’s two bank cards between November 2016 and April 2017 to withdraw vast sums of money and stay in hotels in Ellesmere Port, Eastham, Chester, Birkenhead and Bromborough.
On one occasion the pair stayed in a hotel in Chester for 13 nights and withdrew £3,900 from cash machines in the city.
The victim, who thought of Boniface as a friend who would help him with shopping and household chores, noticed that he was overdrawn in February, 2017. He called his son, who organised new bank new cards and new PIN numbers, and for the son to be in charge of the bank cards.
During this time there were no fraudulent transactions but a few weeks later the victim, who has since passed away, asked his son if he could have the cards back so he could manage his own finances and the fraudulent activity started again.
Detective Constable Steve McCabe said: “This is an appalling breach of trust from two people who the victim trusted. The victim said that he thought Boniface was ‘an honourable man’ but unfortunately his life savings were being used to fund a lavish lifestyle.
“This case caused considerable stress to the victim and his family during the last months of his life and the detailed investigation we carried out unearthed more offending than the victim originally realised.”