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Albi El­liot, now 47, was branded ‘de­spi­ca­bly de­vi­ous’ by a judge in June 2014.

El­liot’s daugh­ter, Ashanti El­liot-smith, was di­ag­nosed with proge­ria, a rare con­di­tion that makes her look much older than she is and means she’s un­likely to live past her mid-teens.

To brighten her short life, the Sus­sex Bri­tish Mo­tor­cy­cle Own­ers Club do­nated £3,500 to help ful­fil her dream of swim­ming with dol­phins. Then, her heart­less fa­ther stole it. El­liot had told the club that Ashanti’s mother, Phoebe Smith, his ex, was too ill to at­tend the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion. In fact, Ms Smith knew noth­ing about it.

When she found out, she shopped her ex to the po­lice.

De­fend­ing his ac­tions, El­liot told the jury at Chich­ester Crown Court that he was sav­ing the money for Ashanti’s fu­neral, but it turned out he’d spent the cash on trips to Tesco. He was jailed for three years. Dis­traught, Ms Smith told a news­pa­per, ‘Know­ing he stole from her killed me in­side. To me, it’s the same as abuse, and it’s heart­break­ing for Ashanti to know he has ru­ined her wish.’

Ashanti’s mum, Phoebe, called the theft heart­break­ing

Ashanti’s dream of swim­ming with dol­phins turned into a night­mare

Albi El­liot was sent to jail for his dis­gust­ing ac­tions

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