A SUPERMARKET worker beaten to death in his own home was jailed last year after swindling an old lady out of tens of thousands of pounds.
Peter Bick, 57, was found dead at his flat in Bexhill last week with a post mortem showing he had died from severe head injuries.
It emerged this week that Mr Bick – who most recently worked as a meet-and-greet-man at Asda in Silverhill – spent time in prison after he admitted conning a 95-year-old Thakeham woman out of £70,000.
The pensioner had given Mr Bick power of attorney but police found he had siphoned off funds to bankroll an upmarket lifestyle and clear his credit card debts.
When he was interviewed he said he had paid himself an annual salary and had moved some money around to try and maximise the interest. He was planning to pay it all back, he added.
His defence said he was suffering from clinical depression which affected his decision-making but in February he was sentenced to nine months in prison at Hove Crown Court.
Sentencing, Judge David Rennie said he had been shown personal references which suggested that Bick’s actions had been out of character.
However, he concluded: “The bottom line here is that as you did what you did, you had a choice.”
It is understood Mr Bick moved to Bexhill after he was released from jail.
Christopher Hunnisett, 27, of Chanctonbury Drive, appeared in court this week after he was charged with Mr Bick’s murder late on Friday.
He came before Hastings Magistrates Court on Saturday morning, and appeared again at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday.
On both occasions Hunnisett, dressed in a blue sweatshirt, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address. He entered no plea, and was remanded in custody to appear back at Lewes on April 1 for a plea and case management hearing.