A doctor’s wife went on wild spending sprees after the powerful drugs she was prescribed to fight Parkinson’s disease turned her into a shopaholic, a court heard.
Hazel Kennedy’s shopping habit became ‘pathological’ after she was given tablets to deal with a tremor, a judge was told. She also became obsessed by her crafts hobby, making teddy bears and upholstering chairs for up to 48 hours without sleep.
She once placed 200 bids on eBay in a single night, the court heard, with the ‘endless stream’ of delivery vans arriving at her Southampton home a ‘standing joke’ among her neighbours.
London’s High Court was told the retired teacher later discovered she had never had Parkinson’s.
Mrs Justice Yip said the drugs she was prescribed triggered uncontrolled spending in the 56-year-old and nearly destroyed her marriage to retired consultant neurologist Dr Philip Kennedy, who suspected Parkinson’s when she developed a left arm tremor in 2006.