Daughter jailed for raiding bank account of elderly mother of more than £22,000 made to pay back £1

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

A daughter who raided the bank account of her vulnerable elderly mother stealing more than £22,000 has been ordered to pay back a nominal amount of just £1.

Katrina Gilbert, 40, was trusted to look after her mother's finances but instead stole cash meant to pay for extras for her elderly mother, who was a resident in care homes in the Norwich area, and instead spent the cash herself, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Gilbert, formerly of Thorpe Road, Haddiscoe, was jailed for 10 months, in February, after she admitted the theft of £22,731 from her mother but was back in court via a video link from Peterborough jail, for a confiscation hearing to try to claw back some of the cash she stole.

Charles Kellett appeared for the prosecution and said that although the charge Gilbert admitted put the amount she stole as £22,000, the actual benefit Gilbert had received from the thefts was put at a higher figure of £68,398.

However he said that Gilbert had no assets so the confiscation amount was set at just £1.

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Danielle O'Donovan, who appeared for Gilbert said that the confiscation amount had been agreed.

Judge Katharine Moore made the order and said that Gilbert would have to serve a further day in jail in default of not paying the £1 however she warned Gilbert that if she came into cash in the future she could face having to pay back more cash.

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She said: 'The defendant must realise if she comes into money she could be pursued for the outstanding amount.'

During the sentencing hearing, the court heard how Gilbert raided her mother's bank account and left her mother, who suffers from some short memory loss, without any allowances to pay for extras at the care home such as daily newspapers.

However when the thefts came to light the court heard the mother had forgiven her daughter, although the matter had been distressing.

Jailing her, Recorder Guy Ayers had told Gilbert that it was a high level breach of trust and warned that vulnerable people in care homes would be protected by the courts.

The court was told that Gilbert had not set out to steal from her mother but the matter got out of hand.

Gilbert said she had let her mother down by taking the cash.

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