Conman jailed for swindling dying father

Kevin Cairns

Kevin Cairns has been jailed for four years and three months.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A conman who swindled a terminally-ill young father out of £12,500 has been jailed for four years.

Kevin Cairns, 45, tricked football coach Daniel Jones out of £12,500 after promising to install a new kitchen before he died from a brain tumour in 2015.

Mr Jones, 33, his wife Tara and their two children were left with nowhere to store or prepare food after Cairns failed to deliver the new kitchen after gutting their old one.


Judge Stephen Everett said of Cairns: “You are a truly despicable man. You befriended a terminally ill man. He had received a payment through his illness and you wanted that money off him.

“You have no remorse. I can see it now; you just don’t care. What a terrible individual you are.”


'Indignity' suffered by victim

Gillian Cairns was found guilty of other frauds and received a suspended sentence.


The court heard Cairns had befriended Mr Jones and taken him to hospital for chemotherapy.

Cairns's wife Gillian was also found guilty for other frauds and was ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work and given a ten-month suspended jail sentence.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Jones’s mother said: “We would like Mr and Mrs Cairns to consider how they would feel if their son was to suffer the indignity of dying from a brain tumour and leaving behind his wife, two small children and family behind while having £12,000-plus stolen from him.

“I’m now left feeling distressed every time I think about the impact this had on Dan and Tara at such a difficult time in our lives.”