Care worker found guilty of theft from pensioner
PUBLISHED: 14:15 12 November 2010
A WESTON care worker has been found guilty of stealing money from a pensioner she was employed to look after.
Jayne Collicott, 40, of Burrington Avenue, took the cash from 86-year-old George Hind’s wallet when working for charity Brunelcare.
She had denied all seven counts of theft after it was alleged she had taken a total of £145 from Mr Hind, but was found guilty by a jury at Bristol Crown Court on one count, on February 9.
She was cleared of the other six charges.
Collicott had claimed that the banknote in question had come into her possession because Mr Hind had dropped his wallet while visiting the supermarket, and she had then put papers into her pocket without realising there was a banknote among them.
But Mr Hind, whose wife suffers from dementia, noticed that cash had gone missing, and he identified the missing note by its serial number.
The shop worker was fined £200 by Recorder Shamim Qureshi, and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £185. She was also ordered to pay Mr Hind £20 in compensation and pay a victim’s surcharge of £15.