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Sisters celebrate court bingo win

Linda Kenny and Doreen Thomas
The sisters said they were delighted with the judgement

Two women who sued their sister for a share of a 50,000 bingo win have been awarded the money by a judge.

Linda Kenny, 53, and Doreen Thomas, 57, took their sister Edna Sexton, 59, to court over a claim for a third each.

A judge at Chester County Court ruled that Mrs Sexton had gone back on a 2005 oral agreement to share any winnings.

He awarded each of the sisters 17,463 - their share with interest. However, the pair, from Runcorn, later claimed that Mrs Sexton had spent the cash.

Breach of contract

The big win came at the Buckingham Bingo Palace in Hunts Cross, Liverpool, in June 2007, the court heard.

All three sisters were "overwhelmed and completely excited" by the win, Mrs Kenny told the court.

But Mrs Sexton later changed her mind about sharing the winnings and a family rift developed, leading to the court action.

Judge Derek Halbert ruled that the actions of Mrs Sexton, from Liverpool, amounted to a breach of contract.

Buckingham Bingo Palace
The 50,000 was won at Buckingham Bingo Palace

Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Thomas told the BBC the three sisters had always split their bingo winnings.

She said: "She was fine in the bingo. We all agreed it was going to be 16,666 each and she was quite pleased with that.

"She said she was going to put 10,000 in the bank and go on a spending spree. And when she got home she changed her mind.

"As soon as she got home she changed her mind and just turned nasty."

Her sister, Linda Kenny, added: "We just couldn't believe what she had done. You'd never dream your sister would do that to you."

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