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Shameless mother who was jailed for stealing 500,000 from her brain-damaged daughter contests girl's will to get her hands on the 160,000 home she left to her carers

  • Cathy Svendsen is to challenge her daughter's will after stealing 500k off her
  • Sam Hills, 32, who died last year, left her 160,000 bungalow to six of her carers
  • Svendsen, 47, of Grimsby was jailed in 2014 for stealing her daughter's money
  • Ms Hills received 2.6million after a blunder left her brain damaged at birth
  • She and her ex-husband Robert Hills spent the money on houses, cars and trips
  • Svendsen even used the compensation cash to by herself breast enlargements

A mother who was jailed for stealing half a million pounds from her tragic brain-damaged daughter is to contest her will.

Cathy Svendsen, 47, was jailed in 2014 along with her ex-husband after blowing hundreds of thousands of pounds belonging to daughter Sam Hills.

Ms Hills, who was just 32 when she died last year, left a 160,000 bungalow to a group of six carers – but omitted Svendsen.

'Sam went on holiday last year. She knew it would be her last and she died on the plane home,' a source told The Sun.

Cathy Svensden (pictured outside Doncaster Crown Court in 2014) was jailed for three years after stealing half a million pounds from her disabled daughter, Sam Hills Her ex-husband Robert Hills (pictured outside Doncaster Crown Court in 2014), had previously pleaded guilty to four theft offences for his part

Cathy Svendsen (pictured left outside Doncaster Crown Court in 2014) was jailed for three years after stealing half a million pounds from her disabled daughter, Sam Hills. Her ex-husband Robert Hills (pictured outside Doncaster Crown Court in 2014), had previously pleaded guilty to four theft offences for his part

Hills admitted stealing 137,950 from the proceeds of selling a property in Laceby, Lincolnshire, while Watson was found guilty in 2014 of stealing 145,000 from the sale of a house next door (pictured)

Hills admitted stealing 137,950 from the proceeds of selling a property in Laceby, Lincolnshire, while Watson was found guilty in 2014 of stealing 145,000 from the sale of a house next door (pictured)

Another one of the houses the couple bought using the stolen compensation cash that was awarded to Ms Hill in 1999

Another one of the houses the couple bought using the stolen compensation cash that was awarded to Ms Hill in 1999

'She left her house to the carers. Her mum then declared a vested interest. It's deplorable.'

Sam was left with debilitating life-long complications after being starved of oxygen at birth caused by a medical blunder for which she was awarded 2.6million in 1999.

Ms Hills, who had cerebral palsy, was wheelchair-bound, could not speak or feed herself and required help 24-hours a day.

But Svendsen, from Grimsby in Lincolnshire, and her ex-husband Robert Hills, 49, squandered the money on houses, cars, holidays and even cosmetic surgery.

SHOCKING FAILINGS BY COURT OF PROTECTION ALLOWED PARENTS TO STEAL HALF A MILLION

The trial at Doncaster Crown Court (pictured) raised worrying questions about the Court of Protection

The trial at Doncaster Crown Court (pictured) raised worrying questions about the Court of Protection

Cathy Svendsen, plundered the 2.6million medical negligence payout in a case that exposed shocking failings by the Court of Protection.

It has jurisdiction over the affairs of people who lack mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, with most hearings being held in private.

Hills played a major role in the decisions even though he has 26 convictions, many for dishonesty, and once served a 21-month jail term.

Despite this, COP officials in London failed to spot the extravagant spending. Svendsen spent 12,000 on breast enlargement surgery and liposuction, and at least 82,000 on a failed business venture.

Initially they complied with rules to account for their spending. When they stopped, the COP sent Svendsen warning letters which she ignored.

In 2000 the couple bought their council house in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, for 22,000.

In 2002 they persuaded the COP to send them 56,000 for the purchase. It was unaware they already owned it as a simple Land Registry search would have revealed.

Another 156,000 was later transferred to buy two adjoining properties in Laceby, near Grimsby. The pair sold them and spent the proceeds.

All three houses should have been registered in Samantha s name by order of the COP but were not.

Officials had no idea their instructions had been disregarded and in 2004 the COP sanctioned the purchase of a holiday villa in Florida and sent 235,000 to the couple. But they began divorce proceedings and spent the cash.

Svendsen s dishonesty came to light when she wanted to put Samantha into a care home and go holiday.

The shameless mother also spent 100,000 on credit cards

She was cleared of a theft charge relating to 53,850 received from the Court Of Protection that was supposed to be spent on buying a property in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. Hills admitted an offence relating to the property (pictured)

One of the cars Svendsen, who was jailed under her married name of Watson, purchased was a pink Mini Cooper with the private registration plate 'X66 MUM'.

The shameless mother also spent 100,000 on credit cards.

After splurging the majority of her daughter's money, Ms Hills was left with just 200,000 of ongoing care costs.

Now it has been reported that Svendsen is to contest her daughter's will.

The sum was roughly enough to cover her for two years before the bill was due to be footed by the taxpayer.

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