Conman care home on offer for £1.75m
THE care home run by a man who swindled elderly residents out of millions of pounds could be sold for more than £1.75m.
Its potential sale comes as administrators work to settle the debts of the former Barton Park Nursing Home, which includes more than £1.2m owed to Barclays Bank.
The home was shut down in August, weeks after owner David Barton Snr was jailed for 21 years after the longest trial in the history of Liverpool Crown Court – lasting more than a year.
Barton Snr befriended then betrayed his wealthy and vulnerable victims and was branded “despicable” by trial judge Steven Everett, QC, who also said: “He is one of the most unpleasant people, one of the most dishonest people, one could ever meet.”
In October, his sons David Richard Barton and David Charles Barton were cleared of money laundering charges which related to dirty money being stashed in their bank accounts by Barton Snr.
The pair, who were both company directors, were never alleged to have been involved in his crimes against the residents, but in his attempts to squirrel away ill-gotten gains.
Barton Snr’s wife, Lucinda, has denied charges of conspiracy to steal, false accounting, conspiracy to defraud, theft and money laundering.
She was to stand trial in November, but that date was vacated and a new hearing has yet to be announced.
Administrators Grant Thornton UK LLP were appointed in August, after the home was banned from taking in new residents, then closed by the Care Quality Commission.
According to documents filed as part of the administration process, the business, which trades under the name Choiceclassic Ltd, was forced to extend its overdraft facility to £700,000 in order to keep running months before its closure.
The administrator’s most recent filings reveal that the company also has an outstanding loan balance with
Other debts include £83,000 to trade creditors, £96,000 for employee notices and redundancies and £31,000 to HMRC, while four other Oxford Road properties are listed as assets.
The documents also reveal the company is owed £1.8m by subsidiary company Barton Park Barclays of Health Spa Ltd – for which Barton Snr is the only listed director – but, as the company is no longer trading, it is “unlikely the funds will be repaid”.
Now the care home is listed for sale with Duxbury’s estate agents.
Its listing says that the home is set within one acre of grounds and comprises two former detached Victorian houses joined by a fourstorey section.
It also has several conservatories and singlestorey extensions and when used as a care home had space for 60 residents.
Duxbury’s is requesting offers in excess of £1.75m for the property.
The former Barton Park care home, left; and conman David Barton, above, who was jailed for 21 years for swindling millions from residents