Carer jailed for stealing £12,000 from pensioner

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A carer who stole over £12,000 from a pensioner has been jailed for six months .

Susan Margaret Lorraine Crawford, of Woodlands, Culmore Road, pleaded guilty to the theft of £12,800 from the woman who is now 86-years-old.

The offences were committed between May 1, 2008 and January 1, 2009.

Derry Crown Court heard that Crawford (53) was employed by the Western Trust to care for the woman, who was described as “vulnerable “.

She was given access to the pensioner ‘ s bank account and Post Office account and withdrew the woman’s life savings to gamble.

Another carer, who also had access to the account, noticed money going missing and reported it to police.

Passing sentence, Judge Piers Grant said Crawford had “betrayed” the trust placed in her by the pensioner.

He said this had a “very serious effect” on the victim ‘ s “physical well-being and her ability to trust others “.

The judge said it was a “particularly cruel and mean offence” and Crawford “spent the money for her own enjoyment “.

He said breaching the trust of the elderly damages public confidence in the carer system and courts “simply will not tolerate it “. The Judge also ordered Crawford to spend 12 months on probation