Home help stole from elderly clients

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Broken Britain, Law & Disorder
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Hull Crown Court heard mother- of-three Kizzy Fawcett, 35, worked for Independent Home Living in Beverley and was sent to the homes of dementia sufferers as a home help. Despite leaving her job at the firm, she continued to care for her victims and was employed privately.

Over two years;

she stole expensive jewellery
more than £12,000 in cash
thefts included Rolex watches, a Cameo brooch an antique watch fob amounting to £6,000
stole cash from one woman’s purse
took victims to the bank to withdraw cash, knowing they would not remember
stole £150 from the purse of another woman and
stole £375 which had been given to her to purchase a trophy for a junior football team.

Fawcett was caught when Lockings Solicitors was given power of attorney over one woman’s affairs. They discovered large sums had been withdrawn from her account. Investigating further and contacting the bank, Fawcett was seen on CCTV taking the victim to the bank to withdraw funds amounting to more than £6,000 from her account.

When she was arrested, detectives also found cannabis and amphetamines at her home. She pleaded guilty to 11 thefts and asked the judge to take a further 18 offences of theft into consideration.

Guess what her sentence was, prison for robbing these vulnerable elderly people?

No, recorder Tony Hawks sentenced her to 12-months, suspended for two years, and ordered her to carry out 280 hours of unpaid work in the community and Fawcett was not ordered to pay any compensation to her victims.

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