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Woman accused of stealing from rich boyfriend

The trial of a woman accused of stealing millions of dollars from her elderly and rich partner gets underway Tuesday (5 April).

Canadian Michelle Bouchard, 55, denies 26 charges related to the theft of money from 87-year-old Australian James Handford, who she lived with in Cayman.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Simon Russell Flint QC, said this was all about greed on a massive scale.

He said Miss Bouchard was desperate to have wealth and all the trappings. He said she was obsessed with wealth, money and riches.

Added she, “Wormed her way into the affections of a lonely, vulnerable and increasingly frail man. It was not his charm, not his personality and certainly not his body that attracted Michelle Bouchard to him. It was one thing – his wealth.”

The trial continues Wednesday (6 April).

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Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

Paul has worked for more than 20 years for regional and national newspapers in the UK covering some of the world’s biggest stories.

A multi-award winning journalist, Paul’s dream story is to find a dog that can play the piano. In the meantime he covers general news, produces, and hosts a weekly show about English football.

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