Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

CARER STOLE CASH FROM OAP; Woman Is Sentenced but Avoids Jail Time

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

CARER STOLE CASH FROM OAP; Woman Is Sentenced but Avoids Jail Time

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Byline: By MIKE MORGAN

A "MEAN" Teesside carer who stole cash from a helpless 94-year-old woman on three separate occasions was trapped by a spy camera, a court was told.

Former carer Emma Hill, 32, of Esher Avenue, Normanby stole cash from the vulnerable elderly woman she was supposed to be looking after by sneaking it out of her handbag.

District Judge Martin Walker said he would certainly have jailed Hill had she not previously admitted the offences or had blamed anyone else for her "abhorrent"crimes.

Yesterday, he gave Hill a six-month prison sentence suspended for a year, 80 hours unpaid work, supervision for a year and pounds 250 compensation. She has also been sacked from her job.

The mother-of-four, who sneaked out of Langbaurgh East Magistrates Court at Guisborough, cowering under a coat, had run up debts of pounds 5,000.

She admitted stealing pounds 30 from the Grangetown woman on May 26, pounds 15 on June 2 and pounds 10 on June 9.

Peter Milne, prosecuting, said the 94-year-old victim has lived in a bungalow for 10 years on her own since the death of her husband.

He said: "In November 2007, she had a fall and broke her hip. Community HomeCare provided the carers and one of the daughters took responsibility for her mother's finances."

On May 26, she went to get her mother's purse and instead of pounds 35, there was just pounds 5 in it. She became concerned. Her son, who works for a security company, installed a CCTV camera in the house.

On June 2, the purse was checked and there was only pounds 10 in it instead of pounds 25.

WhentheCCTV was checked, Hill was seen going into the wardrobe, taking out her mother's handbag and stealing cash, Mr Milne said.

A similar thing happened on June 9. At first, she denied involvement when interviewed by police. But was shown the videos and admitted the offences. …

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