A British businessman will stand trial accused of "granny dumping" an American dementia patient who was flown to the UK and abandoned in a car park.
Roger Curry, 76, was unable to remember his name or personal details when he was discovered outside a bus station in Hereford in November 2015.
The case baffled police and sparked a global appeal to find out who Mr Curry was and how he came to be in Britain – eventually tracking him down to have been once the owner of a burnt down house in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles.
Prosecuting, Simon Davis claimed Mr Curry’s son Kevin "effectively dumped" his father in Hereford city centre with the help of a Somerset man.
The alleged accomplice, Simon Hayes, 52, of Taunton in Somerset, appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday charged with one count of fraud, one of perverting the course of justice and two counts of possessing fake letters and references for the use in fraud.
It is understood Kevin Curry remains in California, and faces no charges. His father has been taken back to Los Angeles, where he is being cared for by the city’s authorities.
The act of granny dumping is more common in the US due to the high rates involved for medical care in the American system.
What is granny dumping?
Mr Hayes, wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, denied all the charges and will stand trial next April. He was granted bail on the condition he notifies police if he plans to leave England and Wales for any period.
In a BBC Panorama documentary, Kevin Curry said he had nothing to do with the abandonment of his dad.
Mr Curry was cared for at a nursing home in Credenhill, Hereford, for eight months before being flown back to Los Angeles.
Police spent months trying to work out who he was, contacting local care homes, hospitals and even international embassies.
Mr Curry appeared to have been cared for and was found wearing new clothes. He was eventually identified after a viewer responded to a police appeal on BBC Midlands Today.
Debbie Cocker found an old picture from a 1958 yearbook for Edmonds High School in Washington State which appeared to show Mr Curry in his younger days.
Mr Curry was then tracked down by investigators to the burnt-out house which was abandoned as a result of a fire in 2014.
Neighbours identified the mystery man as Mr Curry, a former nurse married with two children.
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