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   Inside Out - South: Monday 4th November, 2002


Marguerite Sassen-Povel

When Marguerite Sassen-Povel was 91 years old, she announced that she was leaving her family and going to live with her male nurse.

Three months later she made him the main beneficiary of her will.

42 year old Raymond Kent had promised the wealthy widow that he would look after her for the rest of her life and that he would make her walk again. But Mrs Sassen-Povel died just seven months after changing her will and Mr Kent inherited most of her £1.6 million estate.


Kent was convicted of stealing almost 18,000 painkillers

Her family became suspicious when the nurse was subsequently convicted of forging prescriptions and stealing almost 18,000 painkillers.

The thefts started shortly before Mrs Sassen-Povel moved into his house in Rookley on the Isle of Wight.

Police exhumed her body for forensic tests, but the coroner eventually ruled that she had died of natural causes.

Mr Kent has been to prison however, for attacking Mrs Sassen-Povel's son while he was out cycling on the island.

Robert Beath says the nurse was furious because he had announced that he would be contesting the will. Robert says;

"He comes up and he starts to punch me and kick me and he even throws the bike at me a couple of times,"

"He then hits me full force on the right ear which splits the ear and really makes me see stars."

Posing as a relative

Pile of coins
Kent inherited most of Mrs Sassen-Povel's £1.6 million estate

Mr Beath is particularly concerned about the way the nurse behaved when his mother was ill.

Three days before she died, a consultant recommended that she should be sent to hospital. But Mr Kent said he was a relative and that she would be happier staying at home.

Two days later, however, he sent her to a nursing home on the other side of the island. Mrs Sassen-Povel died the day after she was moved.

This was not the only time that Raymond Kent claimed to be related to Mrs Sassen-Povel. When her will was changed, it was Mr Kent who made the original appointment. He told the solicitors that she was his aunt.

Declined to comment

Chris Packham confronting Mr Kent in his car
Chris Packham confronts Kent who declines to comment

The nurse also appeared confused about family relationships when he was first approached by Inside Out.

He declined to be interviewed, claiming that he was actually Raymond Kent's brother and that Raymond was away.

When presenter Chris Packham finally caught up with Mr Kent, he stayed in his car and refused to answer any questions.

Robert Beath doesn't have long to live himself. He has terminal cancer, but he's still determined to contest the will. He says;

"I am not doing it for myself because there’s no benefit. But if it came to it, I would rather anybody in the world had it rather than him."

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