A nurse has prevented jail after stealing bank details from aged patients with dementia and psychological well being points to spend on garments on-line.
Stacey Marie Banfield, 31, blew the cash on objects from retailers together with River Island and Boohoo.
The alarm was raised when family members of two patients at Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Wales, observed sudden bank account transactions in the summertime of 2017.
Police arrested Banfield after talking to the net retailers and tracing the orders again to her dwelling.
She owned as much as abusing her place and taking the Ward G affected person’s details whereas being interviewed by officers.
Helen Randall, prosecuting, mentioned the defendant informed police she had been ‘living well beyond her means at the time’.
Banfield, of Port Talbot, admitted to spending round £589 from her victims – an 88-year-old man and a 75-year-old girl.
She beforehand pleaded responsible to 2 counts of fraud by false illustration earlier than her sentencing at Swansea Crown Court.
Hannah George, defending, mentioned the nurse had labored for the NHS 10 years earlier than the incident and had been ‘dedicated to those she cared for’.
The courtroom heard how the defendant had no earlier convictions and had been ‘deep in debt’, counting on quite a few payday loans on the time she swindled the patients.
The barrister mentioned her consumer was ‘deeply ashamed’ about her behaviour and was remorseful for what she had achieved.
She mentioned the defendant had turned to the chaplain of her native church for help following her arrest.
Judge Keith Thomas informed Banfield mentioned: ‘All right-minded people would be disgusted by this sort of behaviour and rightly so.’
He mentioned the offending would usually warrant rapid custody.
But the choose determined to spare Banfield jail primarily based on a pre-sentence report, letters submitted on behalf of the defendant and the lengthy delay in bringing the case to courtroom.
He gave her a 12 month sentence, suspended for 18 months.