Carer stole £13,000 from ‘poor, sick, elderly’ stroke victim
PUBLISHED: 14:11 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 25 July 2018
A carer stole a bank card from a vulnerable elderly stroke victim and siphoned £13,000 from his bank account, a court has heard.
Liam Richardson had been trusted to look after the man, who also had Huntington’s disease, as part of his role with The Care Company, based in King’s Lynn.
But instead the “deceitful” 28-year-old betrayed that trust and stole a total of almost £13,500 from the victim’s bank account.
Norwich Crown Court heard Richardson, who was employed by the company between November 2016 and February 2018, was dismissed following problems with his attendance.
The company had been concerned that money was being taken from the victim and shortly after Richardson was dismissed they found him in the victim’s house.
The court heard it was discovered that considerable amounts of money had been taken and police were contacted.
Richardson was arrested and found to have the victim’s bank card on him.
Mark von Haartman, who read out a victim impact statement on behalf of the company, described Richardson as “fraudulent” and “deceitful”.
He said: “Mr Richardson betrayed the trust of his colleagues, his employer and most importantly a poor, sick, elderly gentleman who invited him into his home in the faith and belief that he was there to protect and care for him.”
The court also heard a victim statement on behalf of the elderly man, who has since found it difficult to cope and has had to go into a one-to-one care home with 24 hours a day support.
Richardson, of South Beach Road, Hunstanton, previously admitted fraud and another offence of possession of cocaine, and was jailed for a total of 20 months by Judge Stephen Holt, who insisted the company was not to blame.
Charlie Kellet, for Richardson, said the offences, which were “wholly abhorrent to anyone”, were admitted straight away by the defendant who has suffered with mental health issues.