Carer is spared jail af­ter cash theft from man, 92

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

AHEALTH care as­sis­tant was spared jail, af­ter stealing £140 from a “vul­ner­a­ble” 92-year-old man while pre­tend­ing to check on his wel­fare.

Janette Fore­shaw, 43, vis­ited Charles Jaeger at his Ains­dale home in November last year, where she gave a false name of Sharon.

Mr Jaeger re­ceives reg­u­lar visits from nurses at the Ains­dale Med­i­cal Cen­tre and Fore­shaw, who had been re­spon­si­ble for the vic­tim in the past, told him she had come round to check his blood pres­sure.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Alan Cur­rums, said that Fore­shaw, of Hazel Av­enue, Kirkby, lifted Mr Jaeger’s shirt and checked his heart rate be­fore ask­ing to use the toi­let up­stairs.

But she in­stead went to his bed­room and took £140 in cash, be­fore leav­ing with­out car­ry­ing out the blood pres­sure test.

A dis­trict nurse sub­se­quently con­firmed that no visits were ar­ranged for that day and that Fore­shaw had no per­mis­sion to visit Mr Jae­gar’s home.

The vic­tim had pre­vi­ously sus­pected money had gone miss­ing af­ter a visit and, as a re­sult, his son in­stalled CCTV cam­eras which cap­tured the in­ci­dent.

In a vic­tim state­ment which was read out at Sefton Mag­is­trates’ Court, Mr Jaeger said he had been left an­noyed and up­set that some­one had taken money from his own home.

He also said he re­lied on car­ers com­ing to his house but has dif­fi­culty in trust­ing new peo­ple and has turned some away since the in­ci­dent.

Fore­shaw pleaded guilty to bur­glary.

Heather Toohey, de­fend­ing, said she had re­peat­edly ex­pressed re­morse and re­gret and would live with the guilt for the rest of her life.

Fore­shaw, she ex­plained, “had no idea” why she stole the money but had re­cently suf­fered a break­down af­ter a car crash left her need­ing painkillers which forced her to stop tak­ing med­i­ca­tion for de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

The mother-of-two has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and had worked in health care for 10 years but ac­cepted she would never again work in a po­si­tion of trust.

Mag­is­trate Anne O’Brien said it an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion. She said: “It is very very clear that this mat­ter is so se­ri­ous it has crossed the cus­tody thresh­hold.

“The of­fence was com­mit­ted against a vul­ner­a­ble old man. It was com­mit­ted in his home which is where we should all feel safest. It was planned that you would at­tend that day, that you would pre­tend to take his blood pres­sure and that you would search for money.

“All of this was done on a day when you were not work­ing.”

Fore­shaw was given a six-month sen­tence, sus­pended for 12 months and or­dered to pay the vic­tim £1,000 in com­pen­sa­tion. She was also or­dered to un­der­take re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ms O’Brien added: “This is an ex­temely se­ri­ous mat­ter and very sel­dom have we been faced with such a se­lec­tion of el­e­ments as in this case. You came very close to go­ing to prison.”

Sefton Mag­is­trates’ Court – mag­is­trate Anne O’Brien told Janette Fore­shaw she had come very close to be­ing given a prison sen­tence

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