North Tyneside carer convicted of theft
08 May 2017 13:41 PM[View Full Size]
A 21-year-old man has been convicted of stealing cash from a vulnerable elderly man he was paid to care for.
Daniel Wratten from Verne Road in North Shields appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates Court last month (April 19) and pleaded guilty to numerous counts of theft between January and April this year, totalling some £350, taken in small amounts over the period. He was sentenced to a 26 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 20 days of unpaid work.
The family of the victim, a 87-year-old man from Longbenton, who has Alzheimer's, noticed cash going missing over a two month period in January and February this year and reported the matter to police.
PC Ben Blackburn said: "This was a callous betrayal of trust from a carer who was employed to look after this elderly gentleman. Instead he abused his position to steal from the man he was being paid to take care of.
"This sentence highlights that courts take seriously this type of offence and police will always investigate such matters to safeguard vulnerable and elderly people."
Pictured Daniel Wratten