A man conned his 92-year-old granddad out of his life savings so he could pay for his girlfriend’s breast enlargement surgery, a court heard.
Aspiring model Emma Hodges posed for photoshoots after her surgery
Luke Quatrini and Emma Hodges, whose breast enlargement he is accused of paying for with money stolen from his granddad (Picture: Wales News Service)
Luke Quatrini, 34, put down a £500 deposit for aspiring model Emma Hodges to have the operation.
But the court was told Quatrini managed to pay the deposit by using his granddad Clifford Bartlett’s bank card without his permission. Hairdresser Emma, 29, who is now married to Quatrini, posed for a series of racy photo shoots following her breast surgery, the court heard. According to prosecutors, he also went on to pay for Ryanair flights, online shopping on Amazon, hiring portable toilets and building work using the pensioner’s card.
In total, he is accused of fraudulently spending more than £1,000 from his granddad’s Nationwide account over a 10-month period in 2012 in Newport, South Wales. Quatrini moved in with his granddad that year after a fire at his own home.
Prosecutor Emma Harries said: ‘He had not given anyone permission to use his card.’ In all, retired docks worker Mr Bartlett lost £3,000 from the life savings and was left without enough money to pay his bills.
He broke down in tears telling his son he believed his own family was stealing from him, Newport Crown Court heard. Mr Bartlett – who died last year – told police: ‘I have had all my life savings and pension stolen from me.’
His son Michael told the court: ‘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.
Luke Quatrini at Newport Crown Court (Picture: Wales News Service)
‘Over £3,000 had gone missing from the account and nobody could understand why.’ He said that before his death, his father was ‘fragile physically but mentally he was very good’.
‘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,’ he said. The jury heard Quatrini’s father Vincent Anthony Quatrini and his brother Richard Quatrini have both admitted to defrauding Mr Bartlett. But Luke Quatrini, of St Julians, Newport, South Wales, denies five counts of fraud.