Woman who used 17 different names jailed for fraud after claiming former partner had left his bungalow to her

Ipswich Crown Court

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A “manipulative and deeply dishonest” 68-year-old woman who claimed her deceased former partner had given her his bungalow has been jailed for 18 months for fraud.

Judge John Devaux rejected pleas from Anne Kermode-Hutchinson’s barrister that her client would find custody “impossible to deal with” and that it “filled her with terror” and refused to suspend the prison sentence.

He said that Kemode-Hutchinson had a bad record for dishonesty and in the past had used at least 17 different names and three dates of birth.

Judge Devaux said what she had done was aggravated by her casting imputations during her trial on her deceased partner David Hutchinson, his two children and another witness.

“You are a manipulative and deeply dishonest woman,” said the judge.

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Kermode-Hutchinson, of Rowan Walk, Mildenhall, had denied fraud by falsely representing to a solicitor in September last year that David Hutchinson had given her his property in Warren Road, Red Lodge, and had signed a tenancy agreement.

During her trial Ipswich Crown Court heard she had been in a relationship with Mr Hutchinson and had lived with him and his father at his bungalow in Warren Road until their relationship broke down in 2011.

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At one stage during their relationship Mr Hutchinson made a will naming Kermode-Hutchinson and her son as his executors and principal beneficiaries.

However, after the breakdown of the relationship he had changed his will and left the bungalow to his children.

Mr Hutchinson died suddenly in September 2013 and subsequently Kermode-Hutchinson sent a Bury St Edmunds solicitor, who was acting for Mr Hutchinson’s children, a letter claiming Mr Hutchinson had given her the bungalow and was her tenant.

The solicitor was suspicious about apparent inconsistencies and the police were contacted.

“As far as he was concerned it was a fraudulent document calculated to deceive to suggest she was the owner of the bungalow and had been for some time,” said prosecuting counsel Charles Kellett.

After her arrest in November last year Kermode-Hutchinson denied asserting she was the owner of the bungalow and accepted it was not hers.

Nicola Devas, for Kermode-Hutchinson, said her client, who walked into court on crutches, had crumbling bones in her spine and was in poor health.

She said she had been in a long term relationship with David Hutchinson during which she had cared for him when he was ill.

Her last conviction for dishonesty was in 1997.

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