Trusted helper caught stuff­ing pa­tient’s cash in bra

Daily Express - - For Brexit - By Mark Cardwell

SHOCK­ING footage shows a carer steal­ing £130 from the home of an el­derly de­men­tia pa­tient – be­fore stuff­ing the cash in her bra.

Gra­ziella Avetti, 61, was sup­posed to be look­ing af­ter the woman, in her 90s, when she started rum­mag­ing through a purse and bed­side cab­i­net.

She was filmed by a mo­tion-de­tect­ing cam­era – which the fam­ily had hid­den in an alarm clock – af­ter £20,000 worth of jew­ellery was stolen days ear­lier.

Ten items in­clud­ing rings, watches, a bracelet and neck­laces, were taken from the house in Nor­man­ton-on­the-Wolds, Notts, in Oc­to­ber last year.

Five days later Avetti was work­ing a night shift when she was filmed tak­ing cash from a purse be­long­ing to the woman’s daugh­ter.

Avetti, of Long Ea­ton, Der­bys, was ar­rested and ini­tially de­nied the theft but later ad­mit­ted steal­ing the money.

She was handed a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der, 160 hours’ un­paid work and or­dered to pay £750 costs and an £85 vic­tim sur­charge at Not­ting­ham Crown Court.

No one has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the jew­ellery theft. Speak­ing

mem­bers of so­ci­ety”. He added: “You caused un­told misery to de­cent, trust­ing peo­ple who had led blame­less lives and who must have had their be­liefs in hu­man be­hav­iour and de­cency shat­tered in the later stages of their lives all to serve your grubby self­ish greed.”

Barnes, who ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to de­fraud be­fore the trial, was jailed for six years and seven months.

Palmer was jailed for three years af­ter she was found guilty of con­spir­acy to de­fraud fol­low­ing an eight week trial.

Judge Seely said she had played an “im­por­tant part” in the plot by be­friend­ing el­derly vic­tims to win their con­fi­dence.

Sal­ter, of Pit­sea, Es­sex, was jailed for four years and Rogers was handed an 18-month sen­tence, sus­pended for two years. af­ter the sen­tenc­ing this week, Po­lice In­ves­ti­ga­tion Of­fi­cer Rus­sell Oliver said: “Avetti was trusted to care for an el­derly woman and had stayed overnight at the house on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

“But the fam­ily was hor­ri­fied to find crys­tal clear video footage show­ing she had stolen cash when only the el­derly mother was at home with her – and she clearly thought no one would be look­ing.

“Af­ter the daugh­ter of the woman she was car­ing for Last night Mrs Mills’ nephew Barry, 54, in­sisted judges should be given more pow­ers to im­pose tougher sen­tences on crim­i­nals who tar­get the el­derly.

He said: “He should have been given life.

“We can’t carry on let­ting peo­ple came home the next morn­ing she was calmly drink­ing cof­fee in the kitchen and ex­changed pleas­antries.

“Thank­fully the fam­ily’s hid­den cam­era caught her red-handed and she has now had to face up to what she had done.”

A spokesman for Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice said of­fi­cers had been alerted af­ter rel­a­tives checked the cam­era. There was “clear footage of Avetti tak­ing cash”, so the po­lice were called and she was ar­rested. like him ride roughshod over the jus­tice sys­tem.

“The last me­mories these vic­tims have is be­ing ripped off and hav­ing ev­ery­thing taken away from them.”

Gra­ziella Avetti was trapped on cam­era in­stalled by vic­tim’s rel­a­tives as she took £130 from the woman’s purse

Barnes, left, made the ini­tial con­tact with vic­tims, say­ing he was a builder, and then brought in Palmer to be­friend those he conned

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