A married couple from the UK has appeared in court charged with using their daughter’s medical negligence compensation to live a luxurious and lavish lifestyle. Over the course of eight years, Robert Hills and Cathy Watson are said to have blown at least £500,000 on jewelry, sports cars and shopping sprees – money that was supposed to have been reserved for their daughter’s health care.
Samantha was left with cerebral palsy after a series of blunders by the NHS, which resulted in the payout when the health service was found liable. Her parents were awarded a £4,000 monthly allowance to enable them to provide full-time care for their daughter and afford her the best possible chance of a stable and caring upbringing.
However, the prosecution argues that from the moment the money was awarded, the pair began to act “As though they had won the lottery.”
Upwards of £100,000 was blown on credit card bills in less than two years, while the pair’s jewelry bill topped £18,000.
Speaking on behalf of the prosecution, Katherine Robinson claims it had been clear for some time that the disabled youngster’s best interests were not being looked after by the couple.
The trial is currently ongoing in the UK.