Great Yarmouth carer jailed for two years after stealing �13,000 from vulnerable adults

A GREAT Yarmouth carer who stole more than �13,000 from vulnerable adults has been jailed for two years.

Selina Skeggs, 34, of Southtown Road, was charged with five counts of theft from two people between December 2008 and August 2010.

Skeggs admitted two counts and wished for the others to be taken into consideration when appearing at Norwich Crown Court on Monday, May 14, and was subsequently sentenced to two years imprisonment.

She systematically stole significant amounts of money from two vulnerable people in a residential care home.

An 82-year-old woman had nearly �1000 stolen, while the other victim, a 74-year-old man, suffered the loss of almost �12,000 from his bank account.

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His bank card was also later used to purchase Skeggs' car insurance and to pay a �250 debt for a pay-day loan with the Money Shop.

DC Hutchin of the Norfolk Constabulary's Adult Abuse Investigation Unit said: 'The victims in this case are extremely vulnerable and were totally betrayed by their carer, a person who they trusted and expected to keep them safe.

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'I would like to emphasise that the residential home where they lived has always been fully supportive throughout this investigation and dismissed Skeggs at their earliest opportunity. Those in the management are devastated by her actions.

'Norfolk Constabulary remains committed to tackling elderly abuse and the Adult Abuse Investigation Unit has a team of dedicated investigators who deal solely with crimes against vulnerable adults.'

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