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Is the Office of the Public Guardian able to properly scrutinise the thousands of deputyship accounts it receives each year, asks Brian Bacon

24 January 2014

The Court of Protection found itself in the spotlight again recently when Cathy Watson, the mother of a girl severely injured at birth, was found guilty of plundering her daughter's damages award. She was sentenced earlier this week, and handed down a five and a half year prison sentence. Her partner, Robert Hills, who admitted his wrongdoing, was handed down a term of three years and four months.

This was a terrible abuse of a catastrophically injured young girl awarded a substantial sum (£2.6m) to cover care for the rest of her life. There are reportedly only enough funds left for a few years and she will then have to be funded publicly, which should considerably affect the quality of her care.

It's not the first time such abuse has been revealed, but this one is particularly shocking. Why was Cathy Watson in a position to perpetrate the crime? Why wasn't a professional deputy appointed?

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