A FORMER carer repeatedly stole small sums of money as she ‘selfishly exploited’ a vulnerable Leamington woman who she continued to visit even after losing her job.
And Kirandeep Dhesi was ordered to pay back the £600 she had stolen after she escaped being jailed after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to the theft.
The 30-year-old, of Winterbourne Gardens, Nuneaton, was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.
As well as ordering her to pay compensation to her victim at the rate of £50 a month, Deputy Judge Richard Griffith-Jones also ordered her to pay £600 costs.
Prosecutor Philip Vollans said Dhesi began to work for Lotus Care in 2014, and in the summer of 2016 she became a carer for a 42-year-old Leamington woman.
Dhesi had to visit the woman, who suffered from various conditions including multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia, and had limited mobility, up to four times a day.
Her employment with Lotus Care ended after she claimed she was having to go into hospital, which was untrue.
But she continued to visit the woman’s home and began asking for sums of money which she said were ‘loans,’ but which she knew she was never going to pay back.
She also kept money from sums the woman had withdrawn for household purposes – and she entered her plea on the basis that she had stolen a total of £600.
Aadhithya Anbahan, defending, said Dhesi had been offered employment in the IT department of a retail chain.
Sentencing Dhesi, Judge Griffith-Jones told her taking advantage of a previous position of trust had made him consider a prison sentence.