A care home owner who cheated six elderly residents out of more than £4million has had his 21-year-jail term slashed on appeal.

Mr David Barton Senior (66) was jailed for 21 years in November 2018 after befriending residents at Barton Park Nursing Home in Oxford Road in Southport.

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Barton Park Care Home

Barton was found guilty of five fraud offences, three counts of theft, false accounting and transferring criminal property after the longest trial in the history of Liverpool Crown Court which spanned more than a year.

Lawyers for Barton convinced a bench that his sentence was “manifestly excessive” at a hearing of the Court of Appeal and it has been cut to 17 years. This means that he is likely to be freed in early 2027, the half way point of his sentence.