National Lottery fraudster’s sentence postponed because he is in a wheelchair
A national lottery winner who defrauded his own ailing mother over £ 20,000 has had his sentence adjourned – because Plymouth court cells cannot detain people in wheelchairs.
Barry Perryman, 41, had previously faced Plymouth Crown Court to admit a four-year fraud.
Perryman was part of a union with his father Roy and mother Christine Perryman who won £ 250,000 on a scratch card bought from a Londis store in Keyham in September 2014.
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The defendant purchased the winning ticket, corresponding to four numbers on a Winning 7s scratch card.
He pleaded guilty to transferring £ 24,000 from Christine Perryman’s account without her permission between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018.
Perryman, of Wombwell Crescent, Keyham, was supposed to serve as his caregiver at the time.
He returned to court today in a wheelchair for a sentence after a probation officer prepared a report.
Judge William Mousley told him he had not decided on the sentence but that immediate detention was possible – and that people in wheelchairs could not be taken under court in cells to be transferred to jail .
He added that the case could be transferred to Exeter Crown Court or they could wait for Perryman’s condition to improve.
The judge adjourned the case until next Friday for a medical update. Perryman, who is out on bail, does not need to attend.
Perryman has previously appeared in court in a wheelchair with part of his lower leg covered in plaster.
Barry Perryman even had a YouTube account where he posted live video for two years of him scratching numbers on scratch cards before his success.
The family had a new home and a car high on their shopping list, but a few months later the son cheated on his own mother with no money.
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