A CARER who stole cash from her 91-year-old victim’s bank account was spared jail after a judge heard she had suffered a “series of catastrophes” over the last 12 months.
Mother-of-two Jayne Paramore, 53, had run into financial trouble and suffered a stroke and depression, but did not tell her family, who did not even know she was appearing in court.
Prosecutor David Wain told Sheffield Crown Court that Paramore had been employed as a care worker since 2003 and, since April last year, had been looking after Joan Lancashire who had signs of early dementia.
Paramore visited the pensioner three times a day and helped with her shopping, for which she had access to her bank cards.
But between May and July last year Paramore stole more than £2,000 from her victim’s bank account, leaving it overdrawn when the thieving was uncovered.
Paramore, of Harewood Grove in Bramley, Rotherham, who admitted one offence of fraud, made full admissions when arrested and the bank repaid Mrs Lancashire for her loss.
Dermot Hughes, defending, said: “This is a particularly unpleasant offence and involves the deliberate taking of money from those who are vulnerable.”
He said that Paramore bore all the family’s financial responsibilities and was in need of medical attention, having suffered a stroke, yet was unwilling to see a doctor.
Judge Michael Murphy told Paramore: “What you did was deplorable. I can’t think of a higher degree of trust between carer and a 91-year-old woman who is suffering from dementia. Certainly this case passes the custody threshold.”
But the judge added: “I do not think you are in sound mental health. Whatever is happening to you, you have a husband and two children who know nothing whatsoever about what has befallen you.”
Judge Murphy said “to sentence you to prison is what you richly deserve” but it could send her “off the rails”.
Paramore was given a four-month jail term, suspended for a year, and was also ordered to attend a women’s project.