Carer faces jail over £4,000 theft from OAP

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A TRUSTED carer has been warned she may be jailed for stealing almost £4,000 from an 81-year-old woman.

Julie Foggon yesterday pleaded guilty to theft of £3,980 from a resident at Blenkinsop Court sheltered accommodation in South Shields.

The offence took place between February and July last year.

Graeme Cook, defending, told Newcastle Crown Court: “Until today she was a woman of good character.

“In view of the amount and the breach of trust involved I would ask for a pre-sentence report.”

Judge Esmond Faulks ordered the preparation of the report and adjourned the case until May 23.

Foggon, 31, of Keats Walk, South Shields, was given bail in the meantime.

But the judge warned her: “The court is going to want to know more about your background and the circumstances before sentence is decided, but this is regarded as a serious case.

I am not giving any promises. There is a substantial risk of custody.”

Blenkinsop Court is run by South Tyneside Homes, but the carers are not employed by the council.

A council spokesman confirmed Foggon was not employed by South Tyneside Homes and carers at Blenkinsop Court are supplied by several agencies.