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Court of protection: who bought all the pies?

6th November 2015
Court of protection: who bought all the pies?

In a somewhat unusual case before the Court of Protection, a divorced woman has lost control of her mothers finances after she spent up to £250 a month on pastries.

Senior Judge Denzil Lush heard that the daughter, in her 50s, would frequently show up at her mothers nursing home armed with carbohydrate-heavy party food such as sausage rolls, cakes, pork pies and biscuits.

Most of these sundries would end up being thrown in the bin, but her elderly mother, who suffers from dementia, occasionally threw them at nursing home staff.

Senior Judge Lush described the daughter as being adamant that she knew what was best, while acting out of ignorance. While the mother was well-fed and cared for in the nursing home, the daughter was wasting her mothers money on unnecessary and superfluous food.

Taking away the daughters control of her mothers finances, Senior Judge Lush ruled that the mother required supervision from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). The OPG is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, which protects those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about key issues such as their finances.

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