Carer stole £2,000 from woman with Alzheimer’s

South Wales Echo - - News -

A PEN­SIONER with Alzheimer’s dis­ease had more than £2,000 stolen from her by a carer.

Kirsty Steven­son, 47, was car­ing for 70-year-old Avril An­drews who was liv­ing in an as­sisted hous­ing com­plex in Llantwit Ma­jor in the Vale of Glam­or­gan.

She was given a 10-month cus­to­dial sen­tence af­ter ad­mit­ting to the theft of £2,050 over a pe­riod of al­most three weeks in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber 2016.

The theft was dis­cov­ered when Mrs An­drews’ daugh­ter Sally Booth no­ticed cash was miss­ing from her mother’s ac­count.

Pros­e­cu­tor Paul Hewitt said: “Ms Booth no­ticed that money was miss­ing. She thought that some­thing in the re­gion of £1,500 was miss­ing.

“She checked her mother’s house but could find no money close to that amount.

“She de­duced some­one may be tak­ing money from her mother’s ac­count.

“Po­lice checked CCTV in Llantwit Ma­jor town cen­tre be­tween Novem­ber 30 and De­cem­ber 14.”

The first oc­ca­sion she went to a su­per­mar­ket in Llantwit Ma­jor.

“She took £250 from her bank ac­count and asked for £50 cash back at the su­per­mar­ket. She even signed it AA. She in­sisted that Avril An­drews was with her and had re­mained in the car. She said it was un­der her in­struc­tion that she took the money out.”

The ac­count showed that £300 was sub­se­quently taken out of Mrs An­drews’ ac­count on De­cem­ber 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19.

At this point of­fi­cers went back to Ms Booth and she con­firmed her mother had been with her on some of those oc­ca­sions.

Mr Hewitt went on to say that Mrs An­drews “has cataracts” and “would not have been able to see” in the evening when some of the cash was taken out.

De­fence bar­ris­ter David Pin­nell said Steven­son, of Leigh Close, Bover­ton, Vale of Glam­or­gan, was un­der enor­mous fi­nan­cial pres­sure and had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

He said: “This is an of­fence that is out of char­ac­ter and she was un­der enor­mous fi­nan­cial pres­sure.

“Be­fore she worked for the com­pany she had not worked for six or seven years be­cause she was a carer for her mother.”

When sen­tenc­ing Judge Pa­trick Cur­ran QC told Steven­son: “You com­mit­ted an of­fence that was an egre­gious breach of trust against a lady of 70 with Alzheimer’s, liv­ing alone in an as­sisted hous­ing com­plex.

“This of­fence is so se­ri­ous only a cus­to­dial sen­tence can be passed.”

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