Carer robs disabled patient of 3k to buy Xmas presents

A carer stole a severely disabled woman’s bank card to splurge more than £3,000 on Christmas presents.

‘Deeply dishonest’ Nicola Beddows, 53, made friends and built up trust with Chereen Adams, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy, while at Sandgate Manor care home in Folkestone, Kent, in April last year. After swiping her client’s card, Beddows ordered £3,137.69 of goods on Amazon. Ms. Adams’ relatives became suspicious when they saw a letter from her bank and, when police raided Beddows’ home in October, they discovered presents, bought with stolen money, neatly gift-wrapped.

Among the items were a TV, £250 of video games, £100 Amazon gift cards, a multi-grill, and a large amount of meat.

Ms. Adams still feels ‘heartbroken and shocked’ by the betrayal, Canterbury Crown Court heard. Beddows, who admitted fraud but has not repaid any cash, was given a 16-month suspended sentence, 200 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation. The court heard how Beddows was also caught stealing her mum’s bank card. She was convicted of taking money by deception in 2005. Judge Rupert Lowe told Beddows: ‘Day after day [you were] helping yourself to this woman’s money for your own benefit.’ ‘This continued for six to seven weeks until you were discovered and if you weren’t discovered you would have bled her dry.’ ‘Some of those items were wrapped up to give to people – how generous they would have thought you were.’

Ms. Adams’ sister Danielle, said Beddows had ‘destroyed’ her sibling. She added: ‘She feels nervous about trusting new people. She’s scared to go out in case she bumps into her. It’s made my sister not even be able to live her life.’ ‘My sister adored that woman, thought she was her best friend. And the whole time she was taking her money.’

 

 

 


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