A solicitor swindled more than £269,000 from his own aunt after being put in charge of her finances.

William Walls, 62, was the sole partner in McQuittys law firm in Cupar, Fife, when he was given power of attorney over the bank accounts of his elderly aunt, Mary Brown.

With his business in financial peril, Walls, of St Andrews, began plundering her bank accounts to keep the firm - which specialised in property and estate agency - afloat for almost nine years.

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