A CARER has admitted stealing money belonging to a dementia sufferer she was meant to be looking after.
Christine Banks, alias Barry, helped herself to £317 belonging to an elderly resident at the home she was working at.
The 42-year-old, of Vine Street, South Shields, denied fraud at an earlier magistrates’ court hearing.
However, at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday she changed her plea to guilty to the offence, carried out in February or March by falsely claiming to be a lawful user of the victim’s HSBC bank card.
Jane Foley, defending, told the court that Banks has never been in trouble before.
Miss Foley said: “This is a lady of good character.”
Judge Jeremy Freedman adjourned sentencing until next month for reports.
The judge told her: “It may only be £300, but it is a serious matter because it was breach of trust, preying on an elderly resident suffering from advanced dementia.
“At this stage, I give you no indication of what the sentence will be.
“All options will be open to the sentencing judge.”
Banks was released on bail until the next hearing.