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Carer Felix Bradley jailed for stealing £4,900 from woman, 87
4:35pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A CARER who stole nearly £5,000 from a vulnerable and elderly dementia patient wept in the dock today as he was jailed for a year.
Felix James Bradley, 23, formerly of Thoresby Road in Acomb, stole £4,900 from the 87-year-old York woman he cared for by withdrawing money from her account in 12 separate transactions.
He was caught after the victim’s daughter contacted police when she noticed the money had been taken from her mother’s account last November and December.
Bradley - who had built up £10,000 to £15,000 in personal debt and had not stayed in control of his “chaotic finanaces” - pleaded guilty to fraud in August.
He was given a restraining order to make no contact with a close friend for three years after it emerged he had bombarded her with over 2500 text messages pleading with and threatening her.
Judge Kate Buckingham said: “You were employed as a care assistant to look after an elderly and vulnerable lady. She was in her 80s, living in relative isolation and suffered from dementia.
“You were in a position of trust in this lady’s home. This case is one of a mean and exploitative offence committed against an elderly and vulnerable lady. Your motivation for these offences appears to be the level of debt you yourself had irresponsibly built up.
“This offence is so serious in my view that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”
In mitigation, Liam Hassan said Bradley had suffered some initimidation in the 14 weeks he had already spent in prison due to his sexuality and was currently housed in the vulnerable persons unit in prison.
Judge Buckingham said she had taken mitigating factors into consideration including his guilty plea, his vulnerability in prison, and immaturity in facing up to his debt.
Bradley was sentenced to 12 months in prison, of which he will serve half, and was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.
The elderly woman has had her money returned by her bank, which may in turn pursue Bradley for any available money, the court heard.