FAMILY'S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
Marguerite Sassen-Povel was 91 years old, she announced that she
was leaving her family and going to live with her male nurse.
months later she made him the main beneficiary of her will.
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|
family became suspicious when the nurse was subsequently convicted
of forging prescriptions and stealing almost 18,000 painkillers.
thefts started shortly before Mrs Sassen-Povel moved into his house
in Rookley on the Isle of Wight.
exhumed her body for forensic tests, but the coroner eventually
ruled that she had died of natural causes.
Kent has been to prison however, for attacking Mrs Sassen-Povel's
son while he was out cycling on the island.
Beath says the nurse was furious because he had announced that he
would be contesting the will. Robert says;
comes up and he starts to punch me and kick me and he even throws
the bike at me a couple of times,"
then hits me full force on the right ear which splits the ear and
really makes me see stars."
as a relative
inherited most of Mrs Sassen-Povel's £1.6 million estate|
Beath is particularly concerned about the way the nurse behaved
when his mother was ill.
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.
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
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
Packham confronts Kent who declines to comment|
nurse also appeared confused about family relationships when he
was first approached by Inside Out.
declined to be interviewed, claiming that he was actually Raymond
Kent's brother and that Raymond was away.
presenter Chris Packham finally caught up with Mr Kent, he stayed
in his car and refused to answer any questions.
Beath doesn't have long to live himself. He has terminal cancer,
but he's still determined to contest the will. He says;
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."