A mother-of-three who plundered every last cent from her father’s superannuation account to fund her drug-fuelled lifestyle has been jailed in Western Australia for two-and-a-half years.
Dayna Ashliegh Perzyna stole her 65-year-old father’s password to transfer $81,005 to her own account between September and October 2015, and has repaid none of it.
District Court of WA Judge Belinda Lonsdale said the offending was persistent, involved a high degree of deception and significantly breached the trust of a vulnerable victim.
“It might be said that just over $80,000 is not a great deal of money, but when it is seen in the context of understanding that is all the money there was in the superannuation fund, the loss is significant,” Judge Lonsdale said on Wednesday.
“Although your father is certainly supportive of you, or at least was at the time, he may not fully appreciate just how much money is required to support him into old age.”
The court heard the 31-year-old’s drug habit was costing about $600 a day and she was in a toxic relationship marred by domestic violence.
Judge Lonsdale said she accepted Perzyna was remorseful.
“You acknowledge that your father was the victim, and that you had caused him much distress, betrayal and hurt,” she said.
Before handing down her sentence, Judge Lonsdale said it was important to send a message to the community that elder abuse would be dealt with severely.
Perzyna will be eligible for parole after serving 15 months.