Carers blew Parkinson’s patient’s life savings on make-up and new clothes

Carers blew life savings of pensioner with Parkinson's on makeup and new clothes
Leanne Reynolds and Louise Pritchard-Stapleton abused their positions to pilfer cash from a susceptible resident (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Two carers helped themselves to the life savings of a pensioner with Parkinson’s, blowing hundreds on new clothes and cosmetics.

Sandra Smith, 70, suffered from epilepsy and required around-the-clock care at St George’s Care Home in Wallasey.

Louise Pritchard-Stapleton and Leanne Reynolds have been two of those that have been meant to be taking care of her.

But as an alternative they hijacked Mrs Smith’s financial institution particulars and started pilfering money ‘drip by drip’ – ultimately blowing nearly £6,500 of the frail resident’s £9,000 pot.

Liverpool Crown heard Pritchard-Stapleton spent nearly £5,000 treating herself to faux eyelashes, hair extensions and new outfits whereas Reynolds spent nearly £1,500 on Amazon shopping for items for her kids.

Pritchard-Stapleton was jailed for 9 months and Reynolds was handed a six-month suspended sentence after they each admitted fraud.

Louise Pritchard-Stapleton, 30, of Poulton Road, Poulton, admitted two counts of fraud
Louise Pritchard-Stapleton was jailed for 9 months (Picture: Liverpool Echo)
Jonathon Pritchard outside Liverpool Crown Court.
Her brother Jonathon Pritchard admitted cash laundering however was spared jail (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

The court docket heard Pritchard-Stapleton informed Mrs Smith £1,100 had been paid right into a Just Giving account elevating cash for a specialist wheelchair for a sick 15-year-old girl whose leg had been amputated.



But prosecutor Jonathan Rogers stated: ‘That was a load of rubbish. It was set up as part of this fraud to take money from the victim.’

Her brother, bodybuilder Jonathan Pritchard, admitted cash laundering after a few of the funds have been moved into his checking account and spent inside a fortnight.

He was given a 12-month group order and ordered to hold out 200 hours’ unpaid work.

Pritchard-Stapleton solely labored on the dwelling for 4 weeks in 2017, however stored stealing cash over 12 months.

The offences got here to gentle when somebody tipped off the house that she had the sufferer’s financial institution particulars.

Of the 228 purchases she made utilizing the pensioner’s particulars, £1,500 went on paying her telephone invoice.

Reynolds labored on the dwelling for 3 months in 2017 and 2018, earlier than going on maternity depart.

She urged she purchased Mrs Smith gadgets on Amazon, then unintentionally used her particulars for herself, the Liverpool Echo reported.

The sufferer stated: ‘This was very distressing for me and I was upset with myself for not keeping a closer eye on my own finances.’

Louise Pritchard-Stapleton, 30, of Poulton Road, Poulton, admitted two counts of fraud
Supporters of Pritchard-Stapleton swore on the choose after she was despatched down (Picture: Liverpool Echo)
Leanne Reynolds outside Liverpool Crown Court.
Leanne Reynolds additionally admitted fraud after spending a whole lot on Amazon (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Judge David Aubrey QC stated they have been ’imply, despicable offences’ and the sufferer’s life savings have been ‘pilfered and purloined’.



He stated she was ‘particularly vulnerable’, however whereas she lay in mattress unwell, Pritchard-Stapleton stole her cash ‘drip by drip’.

Supporters of Pritchard-Stapleton and her brother swore on the choose as she was despatched down.