Carer stole from dementia patient

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A JAIL sentence hangs over a carer who stole cash from an 84-year-old dementia sufferer.

Joseph Hawkins, aged 21, was caught on CCTV stealing cash from client Donald Onions after the pensioner’s daughter installed a camera in his Chesterfield home after he was burgled.

He was caught taking cash from a sideboard twice.

Prosecutor Peter Bettney told Chesterfield magistrates Mr Onion’s daughter watched him on her computer taking cash.

Mr Bettney said: “How much was taken we don’t know, but it just seems to be change.

“Hawkins said he was sickened by what he had seen and he couldn’t remember taking the money.”

Hawkins, of Fairfield Road, Newbold, admitted theft.

Deputy District Judge David Stott said Hawkins had committed a ‘major breach of trust’ against the Alzheimer’s patient and jailed him for six weeks suspended for a year.

Hawkins must carry out 60 hours unpaid work and was put on probation for a year. He must pay £85 costs and £20 compensation to his victim.

Jon Barber, defending, said: “He has no recollection of taking the money. He had been looking after this gentleman for 18 months and they became very friendly.

“The offence has cost him his career, which he very much enjoyed and seemed to be very good at and he will now have difficulty finding employment.”

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