A daughter stole £28,000 from her 82-year-old father, who suffers from dementia, in a futile attempt to save her marriage, a court heard.

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Georgina Soer, 57, stole the cash from her father’s bank account after he had to go into nursing home in Norwich, because of his worsening health.

Norwich Crown Court heard that before this move, Soer had cared for him after he moved in with her family and she had been given access to his bank account as he was unable to manage his affairs himself.

But when he was admitted into the nursing home, Robert Warner, prosecuting, said Soer continued to take cash from his account leaving her father with not enough money for his own needs.

Staff at the nursing home contacted police about the matter after raising concerns as the victim should have had more than £200 a week pension going into his account.

When confronted, Soer admitted straight away what she had done and said that things had got out of hand and she had started treating the money as if it was her own. She said she got into a “vicious circle”.

Soer said that she had used the money to try to save her marriage but it had not worked.

Soer, of Gowing Road, Hellesdon, admitted the theft over a three-year period.

Guy Ayers, for Soer, said the thefts took place during a difficult time for her.

He said after the death of her mother in 1991 she had stepped in and helped her father providing care and comfort.

“She was married at the time and the presence of her father put considerable strain on the marriage and clearly the father’s condition was deteriorating.”

He said she had tried to keep the marriage together by using her father’s cash to buy things for her husband.

“She thought her husband might stay if there was a reason to do so. She began to buy him presents to improve their life.”

However Mr Ayers said the couple had split up.

He said despite what happened Soer still sees her father and said it was a sad case.

“She was under enormous pressure and under that pressure she essentially buckles.”

He said there were no assets with which she could pay the money back.

Jailing her for 14 months Judge Mark Lucraft told her: “This was an appalling breach of trust between a father and daughter.”

He said he accepted that prior to his move into a nursing home in 2006 she had cared for her father.

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