Carer is spared jail after cash theft from man, 92
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