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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
Clairvoyant conman foresees jail
Paul Williams
Williams also conned an 82-year-old blind pensioner
A clairvoyant has been jailed for conning money from a widow by saying he had contacted her dead husband.

Paul Williams, of Stourbridge, West Midlands, told Joyce Sutton her husband appeared in a vision to say his will was in a grandfather clock.

The forged document stated half the estate should go to Williams, who admitted forgery, deception and theft.

Jailing him for 18 months, Recorder Peter Cooke said: "I am sure you have foreseen that you are going to prison."

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Williams met Mrs Sutton, from Dudley, in the Black Country, when she invited him to her home to exorcise the ghost of her husband Charles' s first wife.

You have become a charlatan, a conman
Recorder Peter Cooke

But after her husband's death in December 2005, Williams collected Mrs Sutton from the hospital and then stole her cheque book.

He later told her he had been in contact with Charles with instructions about his estate.

Andrew Wallace, prosecuting, said: "He had been in contact with her husband from beyond the grave and told to look in the back of the grandfather clock.

"Of course it was a load of baloney. He knew it was there. It was more a case of deja vu."

The fake will stated that the 13,000 estate should be shared equally between Mrs Sutton and Williams.

Conned blind pensioner

A few months later Mrs Sutton discovered thousands of pounds were missing from her account, from which the cheque book had been taken.

The court was told that in 2003 Williams persuaded a second victim, Gerry Rowley, an 82-year-old blind pensioner, to let him become a signatory on his bank account.

They were bereaved, elderly or blind
Recorder Peter Cooke

He held on to his passbook and took thousands of pounds.

Williams admitted one count of forgery, one of theft and five counts of obtaining by deception between 2003 and 2006.

Adam Western, defending, said Williams became depressed after having to retire from work and the loss of status and lifestyle led to an expensive drug habit and cheating on his wife.

Mr Cooke said: "You have become a charlatan, a conman and someone who piratically preys on elderly people who were vulnerable.

"They were bereaved, elderly or blind.

"I am sure you have foreseen that you are going to go to prison and you do not need to be a clairvoyant, when you have done what you have, to see that."

The total amount taken by Williams from his two victims amounted to around 13,000. None of the cash has been repaid.

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