Man jailed for stealing from his dying daughter's charity fund

Albi Elliot, 44, of Vines Cross, Heathfield, was sentenced at Chichester Crown Court to 3 years

Ashanti Elliot-Smith, 11, suffers from Hutchinson-Gildford Progeria

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A man has been sentenced to three years imprisonment after stealing from a charity who had been raising money for his terminally ill daughter to swim with dolphins.

Albi Elliot, 44, of Vines Cross, Heathfield, was sentenced at Chichester Crown Court to 3 years imprisonment on Tuesday 24 June, for fraud regarding the  £3,500 donated on 9 December 2010, in Littlehampton, from the Climping-based Sussex British Motor Cycle Owners Club.

Elliot's daughter, Ashanti Elliot-Smith, 11, suffers from Hutchinson-Gildford Progeria – a rare ageing disease that mean she is unlikely to live past 15.

The case, investigated by DC Jennie Hutchinson from West Sussex CID, related to theft of money which had been raised by the Club for Elliot's daughter to visit Orlando in Florida and swim with the dolphins.

DC Hutchinson said; "Elliott kept the money and spent it on himself, including his own holidays and general living expenses. I would like to thank all the witnesses involved that have assisted in getting to a guilty verdict."

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2:33pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Gaz the great says...

There are an awful lot of words I could use to describe this low life but the Argus would ban my post & bar my account. As for the sentence, believe they forgot the nought at the end, what a piece of s*** this man is! Good luck Ashanti, I hope your dream comes true!
There are an awful lot of words I could use to describe this low life but the Argus would ban my post & bar my account. As for the sentence, believe they forgot the nought at the end, what a piece of s*** this man is! Good luck Ashanti, I hope your dream comes true! Gaz the great
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3:11pm Tue 1 Jul 14

nissancars says...

what a rat this guy is.stealing from your child is low enough.but stealing from your sick one is even worse.hope his cell mate shows him how disgusting his crime is
what a rat this guy is.stealing from your child is low enough.but stealing from your sick one is even worse.hope his cell mate shows him how disgusting his crime is nissancars
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Tue 1 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

*reaches for baseball bat*
*reaches for baseball bat* stevo!!
  • Score: -2

4:18pm Tue 1 Jul 14

tykemison says...

Jeez, am I the only one who feels this is a truly sad story, I cannot condone his behaviour, but the circumstances are heart-wrenching, knowing his daughter is sadly going to die at such a young age must have been unbearable. Again I am not trying to justify his behaviour but circumstances must have made him act abnormally.
Jeez, am I the only one who feels this is a truly sad story, I cannot condone his behaviour, but the circumstances are heart-wrenching, knowing his daughter is sadly going to die at such a young age must have been unbearable. Again I am not trying to justify his behaviour but circumstances must have made him act abnormally. tykemison
  • Score: 4

5:31pm Tue 1 Jul 14

UglyAmerican says...

That is the face of a haunted man...
That is the face of a haunted man... UglyAmerican
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6:23pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Bob George says...

Low? Dear lord he's that low he's having tea with the devil. Hope he enjoyed that holiday at his daughter's expense, I've a feeling he'll NEVER have another.
Low? Dear lord he's that low he's having tea with the devil. Hope he enjoyed that holiday at his daughter's expense, I've a feeling he'll NEVER have another. Bob George
  • Score: 6

9:26pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Nikski says...

What an utter scumbag! I'm sure he'll be well 'looked after' inside.....
What an utter scumbag! I'm sure he'll be well 'looked after' inside..... Nikski
  • Score: 0

1:53am Wed 2 Jul 14

matlock says...

Prison-hell awaits you, my friend.
Prison-hell awaits you, my friend. matlock
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