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Care worker stole from clients aged 92 and 87.

A "HIGHLY DISHONEST" care worker who admitted stealing cash from clients aged 92 and 87 has narrowly avoided jail.

Lisa Gammon, 25, of Port Talbot Place, Ravenhill, Swansea, pleaded guilty to stealing cash from ex-clients Olive Jones, 92, at her home in Brynhyfryd, Swansea, and vascular dementia sufferer David John Davies, 87, at his home in St Thomas, Swansea.

At an earlier trial at Swansea Crown Court, Gammon denied stealing PS125 from the wallet of former client Donald Summers, 79, at his home in the Townhill area of the city in February this year.

She was eventually found not guilty of the charge.

But yesterday trial judge Paul Thomas sentenced Gammon to 16 weeks in jail suspended for a year for stealing PS50 from Mr Davies and PS20 from Mrs Jones.

He told the mother of one: "The only thing stopping you from going to prison is the fact you are the sole carer of a child.

"If it were not for that you would be spending time in Eastwood Park (women's prison). "The real punishment here is the disgust right-thinking people will feel for you over the way you treated your elderly victims.

"In short, you are a highly dishonest woman who I hope will never again be put in charge of the care of elderly, vulnerable people.

"It's difficult for many people to imagine the depths of callousness of someone like you."

Lee Davies, defending, conceded the thefts were "despicable". But he said the offences were committed against a background of monetary difficulties.

Gammon was also ordered to do a rehabilitation activity requirement over 25 days.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 27, 2015
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