A woman has been jailed after fleecing her grandmother out of £140,000 life savings to fund a lavish lifestyle of cars and £10,000 spa trips - while her victim was left unable to pay for heating.
Katie Gosley-Shaw, 38, stripped her grandmother, Ruth Gosley of money left to her by her late husband.
Gosley-Shaw, who used to work for a hair products company, was jailed for four years after she was found guilty of five counts of theft and two of fraud committed between 2009 and 2012 after a trial last year.
Leeds Crown Court yesterday heard her 89-year-old gran was left unable to pay her own heating bill and when police turned up to interview her in December 2012 they had to put their coats on.
Prosecutor Liam O’Brien told the court that Mrs Gosley was left devastated by the actions of her granddaughter, who has two children.
He said: “Mrs Gosley said that she had ‘broken her heart’. She said she couldn’t bear the thought of the defendant being sent to prison because of the children.”
Mr O’Brien told the court that Mrs Gosley was left the money by her late husband who had reassured her that she would be cared for after he left.
He said: “He told me ‘don’t cry Tosh, you will be alright’ and I was alright because he left me quite a lot of money, but it’s vanished. The lot.”
During the trial the court heard the mum-of-two, from Tockwith, spent up to £200 a month on petrol and planned to buy a £540,000 house with her partner without needing a mortgage.
Gosley-Shaw spent nearly £10,000 on a single transaction at Feversham Arms health spa in Helmsley, a court heard.
During her trial, the granddaughter claimed that her grandmother had approved every transaction, including giving her about £65,000 by selling shares.
“She is a very, very kind and generous woman,” said the grandaughter.
She alleged Mrs Gosley, also of Tockwith, had forgotten their many conversations about the money and had personally telephoned her bank on many occasions to transfer money.
But the grandmother told the jury she never used telephone banking and denied approving any of the transactions.
Sentencing Gosley-Shaw, Judge Rodney Jameson QC said: “You stole from your grandmother who by the end of matters was in her late eightes.
“She thought that you were the epitome of modern, glamorous living.
“In many respects finding it difficult to reconcile with the person she had known until then to the person you had been over the past four years.”
The court heard that Gosley-Shaw had been through a marriage breakdown and had a difficult birth with her child who was born prematurely.
Judge Jameson added yesterday: “This was not in my judgement a case where necessary or significant pressure played any part in this offence.”