Miriam Raine took over £13,000 from an 87-year-old dementia affected person, used a financial institution card belonging to a person who was dying from leukaemia and stole a handbag from an 89-year previous girl with Alzheimer’s illness.
All three victims had been residents at care properties the 46-year-old thief was working at in Jarrow, Ponteland and North Shields in 2017.
A choose has mentioned it’s “exhausting to think about the callousness” of Raine’s crimes.
Raine, of Lulworth Avenue, Jarrow, admitted three fees of theft and three of fraud regarding a complete of £13,211.97 that she took from the pensioners.
At Newcastle Crown Court docket Decide Penny Moreland sentenced her to 2 years behind bars.
The choose instructed her: “The individuals that you just had been imagined to be taking care of are among the many most weak in our society, aged, demented, dying.
“It’s exhausting to picture the callousness with which you stole from them.
“You breached a excessive diploma of belief and duty.
“These had been individuals incapable of taking care of themselves, entrusted to you and also you stole from them.”
The courtroom heard Raine could have been below the affect of medicine on the time of the offending and confessed she had been utilizing amphetamine whereas working nightshifts.
Within the time that has handed for the reason that offences, the courtroom heard Raine has had her personal well being issues and made makes an attempt to deal with her points with medication and playing.
Shaun Routledge, defending, urged the choose to droop the jail sentence and permit Raine to be rehabilitated locally.
However Decide Moreland mentioned: “For my part, making use of the rules, acceptable punishment can solely be achieved by a sentence of instant custody.”
The choose mentioned regardless of Raine’s caring function for her husband, her prospects of rehabilitation and the situations in jail throughout a pandemic, the sentence needed to be served instantly.
Decide Moreland added: “Given the callousness of this offending, towards a lot of victims, I take the view acceptable punishment can solely be achieved by instant custody.”
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