...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Holby City actress Kate Somerset-Holmes has claimed she found her disabled twin Tom Somerset-How living in “disgusting” conditions back in 2018 after ambushing the couple to see him.
Tom’s wife Sarah Somerset-How, 49, and his carer George Webb, 50, are accused of duping Tom out of £12,000 after using Tom during their fling together.
Prosecutors accused his wife and her lover of using him as a “cash cow” over a period of 10 years, reports The Sun.
The couple have denied slavery, fraud and theft.
Kate Somerset-Holmes claimed that she found her twin brother, Tom Somerset-How, who has cerebral palsy and requires 24-hour care, living in “disgusting” conditions.
It was alleged that Tom’s wife and her lover used him as a “cash cow” over a period of 10 years.
In 2020, police and social services saved Tom after he told his friend Gina Zeelie about the conditions.
According to prosecutors, Tom was kept in bed 90% of the time and was only allowed to shower once a week.
Tom, who is almost blind and a wheelchair user, reportedly weighed just 6st and 10lb when he was rescued from the property in Chichester, West Sussex.
The court heard that Kate assumed Tom was in bed so went straight to his bedroom to find that his “wheelchair was folded up.”
She added that the bedroom was disgusting and smelled of urine, cigarettes, and marijuana when she finally gained access.
Tom’s wife Sarah Somerset-How and his carer George Webb are accused of duping him out of £12,000 after using Tom during their fling together.
Kate claimed that she knocked at the door twice a day for five days but the curtains remained “shut all day.”
She finally managed to reach her brother when the couple eventually answered the door and opened it a “crack.”
In 2020, police and social services saved Tom after he told his friend about the conditions.
He was frequently left with just crisps and a sandwich for food, according to prosecutors.
The trial continues.
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