Has a large part of the family gutted grandma like a Christmas goose?
Or did the old lady (85) lead a lavish lifestyle?
The Dachau lay judge is currently having to find out.
The daughter (59) is sitting in the dock because she repeatedly plucked money from her mother's account.
The story reminds him of the US series Dallas, according to the defendant's attorney, Stefan Seitz.
In the case of grandma it was "only" about 315,000 euros and not millions as with Miss Ellie and Co. And she didn't do oil like the Ewings, but only sold her little house in Schrobenhausen.
But what happened to the proceeds from the purchase is a bit reminiscent of a soap opera.
The main players in this tricky game about spacious cars, fine jewelry, lively round tables, a wedding and the rescue of a grandson from prison are: grandma and her daughter, her son-in-law, her three grandchildren, her husband, her partner and her good friend .
It all begins at the beginning of 2018 with the death of the grandmother's husband and her fall in the house in Schrobenhausen, in which she injured herself. The family persuades the old lady that she should move to the nursing home in Karlsfeld, she could no longer stay in the house. The house is being sold. 315,000 euros flow into grandma's account. From now on, the daughter takes care of all legal matters by means of a power of attorney. And it doesn't take long before the big take-off begins. You could say the daughter is almost storming the ATMs.
In court, the daughter assured "that I have used the money as I should". Everything was done in consultation with grandma. In court, the daughter as well as the son-in-law and two of the three grandchildren described everything that had been bought or undertaken: Among other things, various accessories for the room in the retirement home such as a television or refrigerator, financing the wedding of a granddaughter (30), paying the fine for a grandchildren (31) so that he doesn't have to go to jail. A spacious Opel Zafira for trips with the whole family worth 30,000 euros was needed.
In addition, Grandma really let it rip. The relatives said she kept asking for cash for daily necessities. You have also ordered all sorts of jewelry, clothes and spirits. The latter were for the new partner whom the 85-year-old met shortly after moving into the home. Hence the refrigerator. Because the grandma didn't need any groceries. She dined out and also invited the family to various restaurants once or twice a week. Grandma always gave the grandchildren plenty of pocket money when they visited the home. If one of the grandchildren had even hammered a nail in the room, it was rewarded with upwards of 50 euros.
But why did the grandma allegedly throw money around, even though a good friend testified in court that she had "a completely normal lifestyle" during her time in Schrobenhaus? The daughter explained it like this: She wanted to have the money “from the account so that the social welfare office pays the costs for the nursing home”. She helped grandma with that. In figures it reads like this: She made a total of 154 transfers and cash payments. In the period from September to November 2018, for example, she withdrew 1,000 euros from the machine almost every day. The account balance had decreased by a good 103,000 euros when it broke in September 2019.
Allegedly instigated by the third granddaughter, the grandma, who was ignorant of the account balance, went to the financial advisor at her bank and had the statements presented to her. Afterwards she was "excited, irritated and surprised" by the immense loss of money, according to the consultant. And obviously angry because she filed a complaint against her daughter with the police.
The main hearing also concerned grandma's state of mind.
Opinions were divided.
While a police officer who had questioned her stated that she was still “very vigorous” and showed “no signs of mental fatigue”, the son-in-law (62) said that she had recognized a “loss of cognitive abilities”.
In any case, the old lady appeared in the courtroom with a walking frame and without any shyness and when asked questions, the public prosecutor or judge Christian Calame sometimes answered with an indignant “Well, listen!”.
The main hearing was finally interrupted because the third granddaughter and partner were not available for the appointment.
A second day of negotiations follows.