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First picture of Stanhope Arms landlord who collapsed in dock after being jailed for stealing £81k

By Lynn Cox

Here is the first picture of a pub landlord who collapsed in the dock when he was sentenced over secretly using £81,000 of his parents' cash.

Adrian White dramatically collapsed last Thursday at Maidstone Crown Court where he was being sentenced over the fraud.

White had just been sent to prison for 25 and-a-half months and had been told by a judge to go down to the cells with the officers.

Adrian White: Picture, Kent Police
Adrian White: Picture, Kent Police

However, the brickie-turned landlord suddenly clutched his chest and prison staff, security officers and his lawyer went to his aid.

Paramedics were also called to the courthouse in Barker Road.

White was then taken to hospital by ambulance in the company of prison staff.

Ambulance crews were sent to the court
Ambulance crews were sent to the court

Earlier, the court had heard how the fraudster had been caught out when his step-mother went to get money to buy him a birthday present.

The 57-year-old Freemason later told a probation officer his father had died believing his son was a thief.

White, who is landlord of the Stanhope Arms in Church Road, Brasted, Westerham had been entrusted with Power of Attorney in 2015 in case his dad and mum Robert and Mavis White became unable to handle their own financial affairs.

White was the landlord of the Stanhope Arms in Brasted
White was the landlord of the Stanhope Arms in Brasted

But instead he defrauded them to prop up the loss-making pub.

He admitted one charge and Judge Charles Macdonald QC heard the money had been secretly transferred from his father's account into White's business account at a time when the pub was losing money.

White told a probation officer he had intended to repay the money and handed back £20,000 when the fraud was discovered.

Mary Jacobson, prosecuting, said that White, his wife and a niece and her son were given Power of Attorney in October 2015.

That power would only come into effect should Robert or Mavis lack mental capacity.

She said: “Robert never lacked mental capacity throughout the period.

"He is now unfortunately deceased. Mrs White eventually succumbed to Alzheimers.

"Therefore there was never any permission given to White to take the money for his own use and he was not a beneficiary under his father’s will."

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