Man jailed for stealing from dementia sufferer in Swaffham care home

PUBLISHED: 16:39 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:39 14 March 2014

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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A 61 year-old man was jailed for 21 months for systematically stealing from the woman’s bank account while she was in a care home in Swaffham.

A man, who abused the trust of his close friend, who had dementia, and systematically stole more than £8000 from her bank account while she was in a Swaffham care home, has been jailed for 21 months.

Peter Jackson, had been in a close relationship with the woman, who had been his neighbour in Holme Hale, and when she went into a home, in Swaffham, he withdrew a total of £8600 from her bank account by taking money from a cash point using her bank card, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Lori Tucker, prosecuting, said the thefts came to light when the victim’s bank statements were checked and it was found that withdrawals were regularly being made, while she was a resident in the home and had not been using any cashpoint.

“From her bank statements it could be seen that a volume of cash was withdrawn after she went into the care home.”

She added: “They were close friends and they were in some sort of relationship and he had access to her bank details and card.”

She said that after the woman went into the care home he had then preyed upon that position of trust and withdrew money from her account.

Ms Tucker said that sadly the victim has since died, in July 2011.

Jackson, of Queen Street, Swaffham, admitted theft of the cash between September 2009 and July 2011.

Jailing him, Recorder Guy Ayers, told him he had taken the cash for his own benefit and said it was in breach of a high degree of trust.

He said Jackson had started stealing after the victim went into the care home with advanced dementia and said: “Over the next two years you systematically stole money from her to the value of £8600 odd pounds.”

“You should be ashamed of yourself for taking advantage of her in the way you did.”

Hugh Vass, for Jackson, said: “He feels ashamed of what he did. There was a genuine relationship between him and the woman.”

He said that Jackson worked as a welder and fabricator and was in a position to pay compensation if he was allowed to continue in his employment.

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