A CLEANER was filmed taking cash from the handbag of a 100-year-old woman.
The woman responsible worked at the victim’s home in Holywell, a court heard.
Nicola Holden, 35, was employed by a cleaning company to go to the centenarian’s home to help look after her.
Flintshire Magistrates Court heard there were concerns money was going missing from the client’s home.
Her employers installed CCTV equipment in the house.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the film caught her “red handed” taking money from the victim’s handbag.
Holden, of Willow Grove, Talacre, admitted theft following the incident on February 17.
Magistrates said it was a serious breach of trust which she had only admitted after the CCTV film had been shown to her.
It was aggravated as the victim was vulnerable.
Holden, who had since been sacked, was placed on a 12-month community order and told to complete 50 hours unpaid work.
She was ordered to pay £100 compensation and £110 prosecution costs.
When interviewed, she told police she was a diabetic and could not remember what she had done.
Damian Sabino, defending, said his client had admitted theft.
“Her disgrace is complete by appearing before you in this court,” he said.
It was a breach of trust.
But her offending was born out of circumstances and desperation, he said. He suggested a fine would be appropriate.
The court heard Holden was full of remorse. Magistrates were told she and a partner had moved from Southport with a new partner.
But the relationship had not worked out and she had found it difficult to meet the bills and pay the rent alone.
She was paid the minimum wage and the fuel allowance she was given in work did not coverage the mileage she had to do.
Holden had fallen to temptation to steal the money in order to pay for fuel for her car, magistrates heard.