Carer stole £40 from disabled Northamptonshire woman in ‘act of desperation’

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A carer who stole £40 from a disabled woman in Daventry said it was an ‘act of desperation’ because she was struggling to afford nappies for her child.

Natasha Forbes, aged 26, of Stanley Way, Daventry, was employed by CILS care company to look after a disabled woman who required 24-hour care.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Forbes was given the woman’s bank card to do her shopping and withdraw money from the cashpoint.

Vicki Walker, prosecuting, said on February 8 this year Forbes withdrew £30 for the woman and then £40 for herself.

The theft was uncovered after the woman checked her bank statements and realised she had never received the £40.

Miss Walker said: “In police interview the defendant admitted that she ‘could not resist the temptation’ of stealing the money as she needed cask to care for her young son.”

Vicky Bark, defending, said Forbes was in a “very stretched” financial situation and the theft was an “act of desperation” as she was struggling to afford basic essentials such as nappies for her child.

Forbes, who pleaded guilty to theft, was fined £167. She must also pay a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £85 as well as £40 compensation to the victim. The total court bill is £312.