Tea lady jailed for care home thefts

PUBLISHED: 07:31 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 May 2010

A care home worker who stole £15,000 by cashing cheques taken from 'elderly and vulnerable' residents has been jailed for nine months. Tea lady Yvonne Davison stole one cheque from a 90-year-old man at the Beaufort Hall Nursing Home in Weston. Two other

A care home worker who stole £15,000 by cashing cheques taken from 'elderly and vulnerable' residents has been jailed for nine months. Tea lady Yvonne Davison stole one cheque from a 90-year-old man at the Beaufort Hall Nursing Home in Weston. Two other victims at the home in Birnbeck Road were aged 83 and 59. The 42-year-old, of The Barrows, Weston, admitted three offences of theft, three offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception and asked for seven further offences to be taken into consideration. She said she had stolen the money because she was not being paid enough.Jailing her at Bristol Crown Court on Monday, Recorder Mr John Trevaskis said he was 'at a loss to see the explanation, justification or rationalisation' that she put forward for taking the money.He added: "It seems simply that you weren't being paid enough. Many other people may feel like that but we don't go stealing from elderly people to sort a shortfall in our income."The judge heard how Davison stole the money, of which £7,600 was a loss to the bank, between January 1 and July 12 last year. She had also used a stolen credit card to go shopping in Weston.James Cranfield, defending, said his client, who suffers from depression, was remorseful and appalled by what she had done."She's at a loss to explain or excuse what she has done," he said.Owner of Beaufort Hall, Jonathon Boyack, said: "All the residents have been refunded by the bank and have suffered no financial loss."We are extremely disappointed and quite angry that she took advantage of people. Her colleagues feel as let down as me. By working with the residents and families, we have put in place measures to make sure this type of thing never happens again.

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