Man accused of buying girlfriend’s boob job with grandfather’s money

A grandson swindled his own 92-year-old grandfather out of his $4,000 life savings to pay for his girlfriend’s boob job, a court heard.

Luke Quatrini, 34, used Clifford Bartlett’s bank card without his knowledge after moving into his home, a jury was told.

The court heard that $4,000 went missing from the retired dock worker’s life-savings – leaving him penniless and unable to pay his household bills.

Quatrini is accused of using nearly $700 of the haul as a deposit for girlfriend Emma Hodges’ breast enhancement surgery.

Aspiring model Hodges, 29, later posed for a series of underwear shots wearing just a lacy bra and underwear.

Quatrini is also accused of using the card to pay for airline tickets and for online shopping on Amazon.

Prosecutor Emma Harries told the court the crimes took place over 10 months after Quatrini moved in to his grandfather’s house in Newport, South Wales, in 2012 following a fire at his own home.

Harries said: “He had not given anyone permission to use his card.”

Newport Crown Court heard former dock worker Clifford – who died last year – broke down in tears when he discovered his own family was allegedly stealing from him.

He told police: “I have had all my life savings and pension stolen from me.”

Clifford’s son Michael told the court his father broke down crying during a visit to his house.

Emma HodgesWales News Service

Michael said: “He was really upset.”

“He started crying, which was most unusual for him.”

“He explained that a few days before, a letter had come from his building society to say that one of his standing orders, it was for his electricity, had been rejected and that there was no money left in his account.”

“Over $4,000 had gone missing from the account and nobody could understand why.”

Michael said his father was “fragile physically but mentally he was very good.”

He added: “He would still read a national newspaper every day and every Sunday he would go to the local club where he would meet his old friends from Newport docks.”

Quatrini’s father Vincent Anthony Quatrini and his brother Richard Quatrini have pleaded guilty to defrauding Bartlett.

But Luke Quatrini, of St Julians, Newport, South Wales, denies five counts of fraud.

The trial continues.

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