Man jailed for stealing money raised for terminally ill daughter

Albi Elliot
Albi Elliot

A man has been jailed for stealing charity money raised to send his terminally ill daughter, from Burgess Hill, to swim with dolphins.

Albi Elliot has been sentenced to three years in prison after stealing £3,500 from a charity which had donated money to fund a trip of a lifetime for 11-year-old Ashanti Elliot-Smith, from Burgess Hill.

Ashanti suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, which makes her age eight times faster than other people.

The disorder is characterised by a rapid and dramatic aging, beginning from early childhood.

Children born with the disorder usually only live to around the age of 13.

Albi Elliot, 44, of Vines Cross, Heathfield, was sentenced at Chichester Crown Court on June 24, for fraud regarding the money donated by the Sussex British Motor Cycle Owners Club in Littlehampton on December 9 2010.

Sussex Police said the case was investigated by DC Jennie Hutchinson from West Sussex CID.

The police said the money had been raised by the club so Ashanti could visit Orlando in Florida and swim with the dolphins.

DC Hutchinson said; “Elliott kept the money and spent it on himself, including his own holidays and general living expenses.

“I would like to thank all the witnesses involved that have assisted in getting to a guilty verdict.”

Read more in tomorrow’s Mid Sussex Times.