Ipswich: Pensioner wins legal battle with Pentecostal preacher to manage agoraphobic Millwall fan’s finances
- Credit: PA
A Pentecostal preacher has lost a legal fight with a Ipswich pensioner over who should manage the financial affairs of an agoraphobic Millwall football fan left with brain damage after a stroke.
The Millwall fan - who is in his late 50s and has never been able to attend a match because of his agoraphobia - is worth about £400,000. However, he requires 24-hour care and lacks the mental capacity to make decisions about money, a court has heard.
Both the preacher - a former nurse who describes herself as a “Prophetess/Apostle” - and the pensioner, a distant cousin, asked to be appointed as the man’s “deputy for property and affairs”.
A judge has ruled in favour of the pensioner following a hearing in the Court of Protection - which analyses issues relating to sick and vulnerable people.
Judge Denzil Lush said the pensioner had previous managerial and financial experience.
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And he said preacher’s “spiritual gifts” would be “better deployed” in prayer.
The judge has not identified anyone in a written ruling published after the hearing in London.
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However, he said the man and the preacher lived in south-east London and pensioner in Ipswich.