Stewart Caygill forged his mother's will in a bid to get more money
Stewart Caygill, 53, raided Theresa Caygill’s account – then created fake testimony to make himself the main beneficiary of her £126,000 estate.
But his brother, Philip, 54, a property executive, knew the will was bogus because not only did the signature look nothing like his mother’s handwriting, his own name had been spelled incorrectly as “Phillip”.
Solicitors initially rebuffed his claims and rubber-stamped the will. But the amateur sleuth passed evidence to police and the deceit unravelled.
I am unable to believe a word you say about anything
Judge Deborah Sherwin
Now company director Stewart Caygill – who once charged his mother £4,000 for cutting the grass at her three-bedroomed home in Horden, Durham – has been convicted of forgery at Teesside Crown Court.
Judge Deborah Sherwin told him: “I am unable to believe a word you say about anything – you are scheming, devious, deceitful and opportunistic.”
Mrs Caygill, who was 84 when she died in December 2013, was left a half-share of the family house in her latehusband William’s will, while her two sons received 25 per cent each.
He raided Theresa Caygill's account
Had the forged document not been proved false it would have seen the grandmother-of-four’s majority share then handed to Stewart Caygill.
Philip, 54, said last night: “My mum was PA at a big company and would never allow a letter to leave the office without the i’s being dotted and the t’s being crossed.
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Theresa Caygill died in December 2013
There is no way on earth she would have got the spelling of my name wrong.”
He added: “My mum told me he was stealing from her for years beforehand, but he threatened to stop cutting the grass and her seeing his daughter. At her age, she could not face all the trouble and told me not to do anything about it.”