A CARE home worker helped himself to more than £1,100 from a 90-year-old disabled resident, leaving her distraught.
Burnley Crown Court was told Ashley Jordan, 28, then a senior carer at White Ash Brook Nusing Home in Oswaldtwistle, took the pensioner to buy an outfit for her granddaughter's wedding, but kept her bank card and repeatedly used it.
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He went to cash machines and treated himself to a £300 mobile phone, lunches at Subway and trips to a Spar shop, meaning the victim was unable to pay her fees at the home. He also took £60 from another elderly reident.
The hearing was told how the 90-year-old was left ‘shell shocked.’ The defendant, of Church Street, Church, had admitted eight counts of fraud by abusing his position and had been committed for sentence by the magistrates.
He has received four months in jail, suspended for two years, with 150 hours unpaid work and supervision. He must pay £150 costs.
Prosecutor Stephen Parker told the court that Jordan escorted the victim, who has suffered several strokes and is confined to a wheelchair, on a shopping trip. The victim's bank statement showed that a number of transactions had been made with her card.
Abimbola Johnson, defending Jordan, said: "Clearly, these are seious offences, in breach of a high degree of trust, against two people were She said that Jordan, who was now out of work, had been depressed.
And that he had tried to take his own life.