A National Lottery winner defrauded more than £25,000 from his dementia-suffering mother after gambling away his cash, a court heard.
Barry Perryman, aged 41, spent four years withdrawing money which should have gone on her care.
The family won the £250,000 jackpot on a scratchcard bought from a Londis store, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
But within months Perryman was using her credit card to fund his gambling habit as she increasingly succumbed to dementia.
His own barrister said that he would have gambled away the entire £250,000 if had been allowed access to the money.
Selfish Perryman was in a syndicate with dad Roy and mother Christine Perryman which won the jackpot on a scratchcard bought in September 2014.
The defendant bought the winning ticket, matching four numbers on a Winning 7s scratchcard.
Handing him a suspended prison sentence, Judge Simon Carr said that Perryman had sought to blame everyone but himself.
He added the defendant had even tried to deny his brother his inheritance by trying to remove him from a will – because he had reported him to the police.
Judge Carr said: “You live in a house with your parents bought from the winnings on the National Lottery.
“Your mother sadly deteriorated in her health and by 2019 her dementia was such that there was intervention of the Court of Protection in order to financially manage her affairs.
“It was discovered to the horror of the family that you had been stealing from her. You used a credit card which had been entrusted to you entirely for your own benefit and for your gambling addiction.
“What you did was remove more than £26,000 which would have improved her quality of life immeasurably.”
He added that Perryman’s probation report “did not make comfortable reading”.
Judge Carr said: “You seem to show no empathy for the losses you have caused your mother. The entire report shows you feeling sorry for yourself rather than the victims of your crime.
The judge said that Perryman had no previous convictions and had physical and mental health problems.
He added: “The one reason that has kept you out of custody has been the charity of your parents”.
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Judge Carr handed Perryman a 21-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He must complete the probation service’s Rehabilitation Activity Requirement supervision programme and pay a £500 fine.
Perryman, of Wombwell Crescent, Keyham, pleaded guilty to transferring £24,000 from Christine Perryman’s account without her permission between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018.
He was meant to be acting as her carer at the time.
Perryman previously attended court in a wheelchair with part of a lower leg encased in plaster.
Jason Beal, for Perryman, said: “He was working as a delivery driver up until December last year. He fell at work and broke his ankle. The muscle graft lead to an infection.”
He added that his client had taken steps to tackle his addiction.
Mr Beal said: “The decision by the family who had known Mr Perryman for many years to invest that money in a property under his father’s name was no doubt done in recognition of what would have happened to that £250,000 if it had gone into a bank account.
“It would have been gone by now. He would have spent it searching for greater wins.”
Perryman lived with his bus driver father Roy, who also served in the Royal Navy, and his mother at the time of the win.
The family won £1,000 on a scratchcard the previous year as well.
Barry Perryman even had a YouTube account where he has posted live videos for two years of him scratching away numbers before his success.
The family had a new home and a car at the top of their shopping list but within months the son was conning is own mum out of money.
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