Carer stole money from woman

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCALNEWS - BY ALIS­TAIR MUNRO

A Skye woman stole a wal­let and cash from a woman she was car­ing for af­ter be­ing treated to a stay in an In­ver­ness ho­tel, the city sher­iff court heard yes­ter­day.

S h e r i ff Robert Ma c d o n a l d told 33-year-old Sa­man­tha Steven­son that it was “not only a theft but a breach of trust.”

But af­ter hear­ing from de­fence so­lic­i­tor Roger Webb, the sher­iff de­cided to de­fer sen­tence on Steven­son un­til July 31.

The court was told that the woman she was car­ing for had paid for her­self, her son and Steven­son to stay at

“Her­wal­let with­bank cards and£100 dis­ap­peared”

the Pre­mier Inn in In­ver­ness on Jan­uary 4 this year.

Fis­cal de­pute Ross Carvel said her wal­let with bank cards and ap­prox­i­mately £100 in cash dis­ap­peared from her room.

Steven­son, of Sraid an Eorna, Portree, ad­mit­ted a charge of theft.

Mr Webb said: “She ac­cepts it was a deeply mean theft. My client was a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence by two men and de­vel­oped a drug and al­co­hol problem.

“When her brother, who has a tele­phone book of pre­vi­ous convictions, stayed with her as a bail ad­dress, her be­hav­iour went off a cliff.

“But she sought help at a Chris­tian cen­tre and has been there since May, and will be for another 11 months.”

He added: “This is a woman who has made a tremen­dous ef­fort in re­cent months.”

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