Carer found guilty of stealing from patients

30/10/2015

Katy Gilbert, 26, from Swindon was sentenced today at Swindon Magistrates' Court for stealing a total of £152.88 from seven men with learning disabilities under her care, during December 2014 after pleading guilty at the first hearing on 7 October 2015.

Following the sentence, James Burnham, District Crown Prosecutor and Hate Crime Co-ordinator for  the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex said: "Katy Gilbert's job was to care for these men providing personal care and support with going out, cooking etc.. As a carer she knew these men were extremely vulnerable and did not have the capacity to understand that their money was missing or to report the loss. There is absolutely no justification for her inexcusable behaviour towards the men she was trusted to care for and support.

"This is a clear example of disability hate crime and we have applied the CPS policy when considering the evidence in this case."

Notes:

Katy Gilbert pleaded guilty to seven counts of Fraud at her first hearing at Swindon Magistrates Court on October, 7, 2015.

The offences were committed in December 2014.

She was sentenced to  a 12-month community order and 100 hours unpaid work.

She was ordered to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.