Graveyard thug admits conning dementia victim

Michael Casey in his tent at West View Cemetery
Michael Casey in his tent at West View Cemetery

A CONVICTED thug who set up camp in a graveyard has admitted conning a vulnerable pensioner.

Michael Casey, 48, and his daughter, Nadine, 25, have been warned they could face jail after admitting targetting an 83-year-old man.

They had been due to stand trial for fraud after visiting the home of the man, who the court heard suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, and persuading him that he needed roof repairs. While at the man’s property, Michael Casey, of Baden Street, Hartlepool, stole three coins.

However, Casey and his daughter, formerly of Hartlepool, but now of Enfield Street, Middlesbrough, entered last-minute guilty pleas on the day they were due to stand trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Nadine Casey, who has 41 theft-related offences on her record, had tried to enter a basis of plea, but this was not acceptable and was “merely a statement of her position”, said prosecutor Jolyon Perks.

The pair admitted fraud, which took place in Middlesbrough on October 28 last year, and Michael Casey pleaded guilty to theft on the same day.

Recorder Michael Slater told the pair: “You have pleaded guilty to the charges and will be sentenced in due course.

“I order full pre-sentence reports to be prepared on each of you.

“All options will be open to the sentencing judge, including custody.”

He ordered that the pair be remanded in custody until they return to court for sentencing next month.

The Mail reported in July last year that Michael Casey had set up home in West View Road Cemetery and refused to budge after claiming he had nowhere else to go.

Hartlepool Borough Council bosses had called in the police to deal with Casey after he pitched a tent at the graveyard.

Casey along with his son Michael Casey junior, 29, who lost a leg in an accident at the Steetley site, was jailed for four months in 2009 after admitting wielding a hammer and a samurai sword in a street.

He also served four years behind bars for his involvement in the murder of Tony Clark in his home in York Road, Hartlepool, in December 1998.

Casey, formerly of Warren Road, Hartlepool, was found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm for luring Mr Clark’s wife, Shirley, out of the house while Irishman John Mawhinney and his son Keith killed her 33-year-old husband with a pick axe handle.