Hidden Camera Records Care Worker Stealing From Elderly Client

PUBLISHED: 10:16 11 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 04 May 2010

A HIDDEN camera recorded care worker Claire Emery as she stole cash from a client s purse. The camera had been erected in the living room because her client s son had become concerned about Emery s behaviour, Ely magistrates were told. Film footage showed

A HIDDEN camera recorded care worker Claire Emery as she stole cash from a client's purse.

The camera had been erected in the living room because her client's son had become concerned about Emery's behaviour, Ely magistrates were told.

Film footage showed 44-year-old care agency worker Emery going to the purse on two occasions, and helping herself to cash.

Victim Phyllis Markwell told police that she had £55 in her purse on one occasion, but the following day discovered £10 was missing.

When arrested, Emery, of High Street, Wilburton, admitted going to the purse on two occasions.

Representing herself in court, Emery admitted stealing cash from Mrs Markwell on December 17, and said she had resigned from her job.

"I deeply regret what I have done," she added. "I have never done anything like this before.

"I have been under a lot of stress in the last few months; I have had two deaths in the family, and my Dad had a stroke in November, I just haven't been thinking clearly."

Giving Emery an 18-month conditional discharge, presiding magistrate Mary Rone said: "You are obviously under huge stress, but might be well advised to seek medical advice."

Emery was ordered to pay £10 compensation and £85 costs.

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