Labour’s crim hugging paying back as Kelvin’s next constituent is sent back to New Zealand

It may take a while, but this way Labour will indeed get the missing million they had lost.

A grandmother who cheated a dementia sufferer out of her home is being deported back to New Zealand – despite not living here for more than 30 years.

Francesca Jean Marzella, 63, was convicted of “despicable” elder abuse after selling the home of an elderly neighbour and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a year-long holiday to Europe.

Despite not having lived in New Zealand since 1984 and being seriously ill with Crohns disease, Marzella is being deported after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia upheld an order from the Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton.

Marzella’s offending began in 2004. She befriended the 89-year-old nursing home resident, who was her former next door neighbour, getting her to sign over her $520,000 home.

She sold the home on the internet for about $370,000 and transferred the stolen cash to an account in London.Marzella assumed different identities while on the run – obtaining Australian and British passports under the names Marilyn Gray Howitt and Taylor Scheaffer. She was eventually arrested when she returned to Australia in 2008.

She was charged with defrauding the elderly lady who was suffering from dementia after the woman had laid a complaint. The elderly victim Marguerite Stewart, 89, died in 2011.

Marzella spent three months on remand, and then fled after she was released on bail. She lived for another five years in Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, where she was eventually arrested in 2014.

She was sentenced to five years imprisonment in June 2015.

Geez those Aussies are soft.

The sentencing judge described her behaviour as “despicable”.

That doesn’t matter to Kelvin.  A vote is a vote.

“Taking advantage of old people who are very vulnerable by gaining their trust and then using that trust to take away what is essentially their life’s savings,” the judge said.

During a tribunal hearing, it emerged Marzella had applied for Australian residency under one of her assumed identities, and her husband Michael Mugridge, a former lawyer, had sponsored her.

Mugridge was due to represent his wife at her tribunal hearing.

“When the hearing began, Mr Mugridge was nowhere to be seen. I was told he left the building after he was informed he would be required for cross-examination.”

Marzella, 63, was granted parole on October 8, 2015 after serving four months in prison due to time already served.

It’s a perfect Labour voter.   And she’ll be here for the 2017 election.  Well done Kelvin, another one of your constituents will be home to help you get rid of that Key guy.


– Sunday Star Times


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