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Man who defrauded and killed Bucks pensioner ordered to pay compensation

Ben Field has to repay money gained from defrauding two pensioners, including Peter Farquhar

Published by Dan Gooding at 4:13pm 18th June 2020. (Updated at 4:42pm 18th June 2020) 4-minute read.

Man who defrauded and killed Bucks pensioner ordered to pay compensation

A man who was jailed for at least 36 years for murdering a Buckinghamshire pensioner is ordered to pay compensation.

Ben Field, who is 29, was jailed last year, four years after Peter Farquhar's death in Maids Moreton. 

Mr Farquhar was found dead in his home in October 2015 - he was slumped on the sofa next to a half empty bottle of whiskey and an inquest concluded that the death was alcohol-related.

But after a lengthy investigation, involving the death of a neighbour of Peter's, Field was convicted in November last year.

Field admitted to duping Peter and another pensioner Ann Moore-Martin, who was in her eighties at the time, into thinking he loved them in order to defraud them.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and two counts of burglary and was convicted last year.

Now, Field has been ordered to pay back a total of £193,921.23 gained through the fraudulent activity that he has been convicted of.

Peter  Farquhar and  Ben  Field at  Betrothal  Ceremony

Senior investigating officer, Principal Investigator Mark Glover, said:

“No sum of money could compensate the families of Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin. Nevertheless, it is right that the sum of more than £190,000 is stripped from Ben Field and returned to the estates of his victims.

“Field pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and two counts of burglary, which these confiscation proceedings relate to. His guilty pleas demonstrate that he knew all too well that he was duping his elderly victims out of their hard-earned money, by pretending that he loved them.

“This deception continued to the point where Ben underwent a church ceremony in which he and Peter betrothed themselves to each other.

“After he had killer Peter, Field then started a relationship Ann.

“Field’s actions were cruel, selfish and money-motivated, and I am satisfied that along with a life sentence, he will now have to pay back his fraudulent gains to his victims’ families.”

Peter  Farquhar and  Ben  Field at  Dunkerry  Beacon
Peter Farquhar and Ben Field at Dunkerry Beacon

Mr Glover added:

“This is unlike any other case I have investigated in more than 31 years of policing, and Ben Field is unlike any other criminal I have encountered.

“The extent of his planning, deception and cruelty towards his victims is frankly staggering, and I do not believe he has ever shown an ounce of remorse or contrition.

“This case serves as a reminder that we are all vulnerable in different ways. Therefore, if you suspect you are being defrauded, or you think that someone you know is being defrauded, please report it to the police immediately.”

“Finally, I want to pay tribute to the families of Peter and Ann, who have had to endure a living nightmare since our investigation commenced in 2017, followed by a protracted criminal trial, and now these confiscation proceedings. The victims’ families have displayed nothing but dignity and strength throughout. Our thoughts continue to be with them.”

The court has order Field pay the within three months, and if it is not paid he will serve an additional 16 months' imprisonment. 

The whole amount will be paid in compensation to the estates of Peter and Ann, split 84% and 16% respectively.

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