A piano teacher has been jailed for secretly selling his frail elderly mother’s house to fund his obsession with a £7,000-a-session prostitute. In a shocking betrayal, David Butler, 69, and call-girl Rachel Read forged the title deeds to the 95-year-old’s home while she was still living there.
Butler, a lonely bachelor, had been a respected musician who played the organ at his local church. But, after meeting 39-year-old Read, ‘all he was interested in was drinking, gambling and sex’.
His mother Margaret Butler, a great-grandmother with dementia, had no idea she no longer owned her three-bedroom home of 62 years until she was evicted and left homeless. Butler had initially covered up his scam by leasing the house back from the new owner and living in it with his mother for two years.
But he was so besotted with Read that he gave into her greedy demands for thousands of pounds for their sordid encounters, which went on for almost a decade.
After spending the £170,000 he pocketed from the fraudulent sale on the call-girl, Butler could not afford the rent. Before long, bailiffs arrived at the house in Bicester, Oxfordshire, exposing his terrible deceit. Read took so much money from him that she was able to drop all her other clients.
Eventually, Butler ended up an alcoholic living rough on the streets while she resided in a five-bedroom semi-detached house in Frilford, Oxfordshire, worth almost £500,000. Judge Patrick Eccles jailed Butler for nine months, and Read for one year, and told them: ‘The word wicked is not too strong to describe what you did.