Daughter accused of stealing $ 140,000 from her mother with dementia, 54, denies blowing money on theater tickets and jewelry, but admits that she has spent a little on it for massages
- Siham Carollisen is accused of stealing nearly $ 140,000 from her sick mother
- Her mother Amina, 54, was diagnosed with early Alzheimer's disease
- Carollisen is accused of having spent the money on theater tickets and jewelry
A daughter accused of stealing nearly $ 140,000 from her mother with Alzheimer's disease has declared in a court in Perth that she was allowed to spend the money, while her brother also defended her actions.
Siham Carollisen is on trial before the West Australian District Court, charged with 10 counts of theft between July 2014 and June 2015.
Carollisen's parents divorced in 2012 and later that year her 54-year-old mother Amina was diagnosed with the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Siham Carollisen (right) is on trial in the West Australian District Court, charged with 10 counts of theft of her mother Amina (left)
Amina moved in with her daughter, whose husband suffered a brain injury later in February 2014 due to a motorcycle accident, the court heard Tuesday.
Carollisen testified that her mother told her during a birthday event in March 2012 that she should use the money from the divorce settlement.
After her parents' house was sold in July 2014, Carollisen transferred about $ 275,000 to an account she shared with her husband, rather than to her mother's account.
She told the jury that she used the money for her mother's care, including a caregiver, visits to the hairdresser and massages.
But under cross-examination, the mother of two admitted that she also received massages during spa visits.
Prosecutor Ryan Arndt claimed that Carollisen also used the money for vehicle costs, theater tickets, jewelry and other items.
Carollisen's parents (out of court) divorced in 2012 and later that year her 54-year-old mother Amina was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease early on
Amina moved in with her daughter, whose husband suffered a brain injury later in February 2014 due to a motorcycle accident, the court heard on Tuesday
The court heard that the Public Trustee was appointed as manager of the Amina estate in June 2015. She died in September 2016.
Carollisen & # 39; s brother Mirwan, 28, testified that his sister and mother had a & # 39; amazing & # 39; relationship.
& # 39; They were best friends in every way, & # 39; he said.
Mr. Carollisen said his mother gave her sister permission to get full access to the money after the divorce settlement.
When asked whether he had difficulty with this, Mr. Carollisen replied: & # 39; Not at all. & # 39;
Former Mercy Care support staff member Michaela Barlow also told the jury that Carollisen had a good relationship with her mother.
At one point Mrs. Barlow started to cry, which led Carollisen to cry, when Mrs. Barlow broke her bond with the & # 39; perfect & # 39; family described.
The process continues.
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