Husband of carer who starved millionaire to death LOSES appeal

Husband of carer who forged the will of millionaire landowner then starved him to death LOSES bid to appeal against his 10-year jail sentence

  • Wayne Rickard, 67, 투옥되었다 10 and a half years for causing or allowing the death of James Sootheran, 59, while his wife Lynda was convicted of murder
  • 그녀는 선고를 받았다 28 years for starving the vulnerable millionaire to death
  • Mr Rickard’s appeal against his conviction was rejected by senior judges today
  • The husband of a carer who forged the will of a wealthy landowner before she starved him to death has lost a bid to appeal against his conviction in the case.

    Wayne Rickard, 67, was jailed for a total of 10 and a half years in June last year after he was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, 59-year-old James Sootheran.

    His wife Lynda Rickard was convicted of murdering the former auctioneer’s clerk, known as Anthony, at his home High Havens Farm in the village of South Newington, 옥스퍼드 셔, 3 월 2014, so she could inherit a slice of his £3.5 million fortune.

    Following a hearing at the Court Appeal in 런던 목요일에, Wayne Rickard’s bid to challenge his conviction and sentence was rejected by senior judges.

    His barrister Christopher Donnellan QC argued that, having been cleared of Mr Sootheran’s murder after a trial at Reading Crown Court, an issue arose over Rickard’s ‘state of mind’.

    Wayne Rickard, the husband of a carer who forged the will of a wealthy landowner from South Newington, before she starved him to death, has lost a bid to appeal against his conviction in the case

    Wayne Rickard, the husband of a carer who forged the will of a wealthy landowner from South Newington, before she starved him to death, has lost a bid to appeal against his conviction in the case

    He added that the state of mind alleged by the prosecution ‘required him to have a knowledge that effectively made him complicit in the murder’.

    Mr Donnellan said of the trial jury: ‘If they have taken a decision that he was not sufficiently involved in the joint enterprise of murder there isn’t in fact anything for him to be aware of.

    The lawyer also argued that the eight-year sentence handed to Rickard for the charge of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult should be reduced to account for a ‘lower level of culpability’.

    But Lady Justice Macur, sitting with Mr Justice Griffiths and Mr Justice Eyre, dismissed his appeal bids, finding the trial judge made no errors.

    She noted that the judge had given ‘appropriately tailoreddirections to the jury over the evidence to be considered on the charges faced by Rickard.

    Wayne Rickard, 67, was jailed for a total of 10 and a half years in June last year after he was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, 59-year-old James Sootheran (사진)

    Wayne Rickard, 67, was jailed for a total of 10 and a half years in June last year after he was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, 59-year-old James Sootheran (사진)

    Lady Justice Macur said there had been ‘no error of law nor any factual mistakethat would make his conviction appeal ‘arguable’.

    She added that it was also not arguable that his sentence was ‘manifestly excessiveand ‘no legitimate criticismcould be made over how it was calculated by the judge.

    The trial judge noted the ‘prolonged period of neglect’, a failure to act and a ‘deliberate disregard for Anthony Sootheran’s welfare’, 그의 선고에서, Lady Justice Macur said.

    Jurors were told that Lynda Rickard was paid £47,000 a year to look after Mr Sootheran’s elderly mother, Mary Sootheran, known as Joy, until her death aged 92 에 2012.

    She lived at the farm with her American-born husband Wayne before they were evicted in 2017.

    Lynda Rickard admitted helping herself to tens of thousands of pounds of the Sootheransmoney to fund her family’s lifestyle, including private school fees for her three now-adult children.

    She also admitted forging the mother and son’s wills, which would have entitled her to half of Mrs Sootheran’s £1.5million estate and a third of Mr Sootheran’s £3.5million fortune.

    Wayne's wife Lynda Rickar(사진) was convicted of murdering the former auctioneer's clerk, known as Anthony, at his home High Havens Farm in the village of South Newington, 옥스퍼드 셔, 3 월 2014, so she could inherit a slice of his £3.5 million fortune

    Wayne’s wife Lynda Rickar(사진) was convicted of murdering the former auctioneer’s clerk, known as Anthony, at his home High Havens Farm in the village of South Newington, 옥스퍼드 셔, 3 월 2014, so she could inherit a slice of his £3.5 million fortune

    Following a hearing at the Court Appeal in London on Thursday, Wayne Rickard's bid to challenge his conviction and sentence was rejected by senior judges

    Following a hearing at the Court Appeal in London on Thursday, Wayne Rickard’s bid to challenge his conviction and sentence was rejected by senior judges

    Mr Sootheran, who owned the farm, 포함 60 West Sussex의 Grade II 등록 성이 625만 파운드에 시장에 출시됩니다., was more than 6ft tall but weighed less than nine stone, having lost so much weight due to malnutrition, when he was found dead on 18 행진 2014.

    Lynda Rickard did not give evidence at trial, but denied murder, claiming the death of Mr Sootherandescribed as ‘a recluse prone to gross self-neglectwith ‘complex mental health issues’ – was a result of how he lived his life.

    She was found guilty and handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 28 연령.

    Lynda and Wayne Rickard, formerly of Edinburgh Close, Banbury, 옥스퍼드 셔, were also found guilty of fraud by false representation, relating to a £33,000 Mitsubishi Shogun paid for with Mrs Sootheran’s money in 2010, while Wayne Rickard was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

    Jurors were told that Lynda Rickard was paid £47,000 a year to look after Mr Sootheran's elderly mother, Mary Sootheran, known as Joy (사진) until her death aged 92 에 2012

    Jurors were told that Lynda Rickard was paid £47,000 a year to look after Mr Sootheran’s elderly mother, Mary Sootheran, known as Joy (사진) until her death aged 92 에 2012

    Lynda Rickard, 늙은 62 at the time of her sentencing, pleaded guilty to four fraud charges, two counts of forgery, two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, possession of articles for use in fraud and obtaining benefits by deception.

    Mr Justice Wall, sentencing Wayne Rickard, 다이애나는 이를 '영국 귀족의 악수 방식'이라고 표현했다.: ‘You were the only person who could have saved Anthony Sootheran, but instead of doing so you left him to die the most horrible of deaths.

    ‘I can only conclude you decided not to help him because you hoped to profit from his death when, as you expected, your wife inherited a substantial sum of money from him.