An “evil” former caregiver who robbed a retiree’s home and made off with all his savings has been jailed for 16 months.
Grandma Mandy Murphy, 52, cared for the 93-year-old victim in her own home until she was transferred to a hospital.
Murphy, from Anglesey, Wales, was said to have a “shopping addiction” and stole £9,000 from the pensioner’s post office account in a total of 16 withdrawals.
He spent the money on clothes, gifts and rugs, North Wales Live reported.
Murphy had pleaded guilty to abuse of position fraud and theft.
Prosecutors called her crimes “cruel and wicked” and on January 21 a judge at the Caernarfon Crown Court in Wales sentenced her to 16 months in jail for fraud and 12 months for theft, simultaneously.
Prosecutor Maria Masellis told the court that victim Winifred Egerton lived alone in Benllech. She was bedridden, suffering from Alzheimer’s and insulin dependent.
She was completely dependent on the care nurses who came in every day. One was the accused.
But in 2020, Mrs. Egerton was taken to hospital and in October or November of that year, Murphy took spare keys from a safe in the wall, knowing they were there for the caretakers, and entered Mrs. Egerton.
She was familiar with the house that Mrs. Egerton used to turn around to prevent bedsores. He stole a post office account book from a bedroom drawer.
Between 2-21 December 2020 he visited PO branches in Anglesey and Bangor. He stole £600 on 16 occasions until the last time he took the remaining balance of £210. In total, Murphy stole £9,210.
The court heard the theft and the fraud came to light when Mrs Egerton’s daughter, Julie Webb, arrived and noticed items missing.
He contacted the police and CCTV footage showed Murphy withdrawing cash from PO branches.
Officers arrested Murphy, and she eventually admitted her crimes.
She had had a shopping addiction, was in debt, and the “temptation was too much.” He bought clothes, gifts and rugs.
Prosecutor Masellis said that Mrs. Webb called the crimes “cruel and wicked.” The only “good thing” is that Mrs. Egerton is unaware of the crimes because of her status, the attorney said.
Richard Edwards, defending, said his client is sorry, embarrassed and embarrassed by his behavior.
She blames being in debt, going off antidepressants and a shopping addiction “rather than just greed.”
“The court may raise eyebrows at that suggestion, but she has been seeking treatment and diagnosis at the hospital and is awaiting advice and therapy.”
He said “there was no espionage, no planning.” The defendant had been familiar with the bedroom from having turned the victim over.
PO withdrawals had been “in plain sight”.
He said: “It was a cruel offense but by no means sophisticated and it was clearly going to come out.”
The case had been postponed several times and a possible prison sentence was expected, “he had spent the night before and on two previous occasions saying goodbye to his children and grandchildren because he knew the seriousness of the situation.”
The judge, His Honor Timothy Petts, told Murphy that it had been a “despicable abuse of the trust reposed in you by your employer and Mrs Egerton”.
Her mother may not be aware of the crimes, but her daughter, Mrs. Webb, suffered untold stress and anxiety.
At today’s sentencing hearing, it was said that the prosecution had not yet been able to confirm whether the money had been returned.
The prosecution has asked the police to contact the bank.
An officer contacted Barclays, but the prosecutor said: “You can’t talk to anyone at Barclays. It has to be done by email.”
The judge assumed the money had been returned, pending further investigation, the court heard.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.