Carer stole thousands of pounds from blind, elderly woman in Bury St Edmunds

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A carer who stole thousands of pounds from an blind, elderly woman, has been given a suspended jail sentence.

She had trusted Pereira with a bank card to obtain cash for her.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how Pereira, 60, abused that trust by stealing a total of £4,100.

Pereira, of Avenue Approach, Bury, had worked for the woman since July 2010.

Prosecuting, Juliet Donovan said Pereira had helped to look after the woman with cleaning and running errands, including obtaining cash using the woman’s bank card.

When Pereira had taken money on a number of occasions it had been a flagrant breach of trust, said Miss Donovan.

Defending, Neil Guest said it was impossible to say why Pereira had stolen cash as she had been unable to provide an explanation about why she had done it.

Pereira, who had no previous convictions, is Portuguese and members of her family living in the UK had expressed their disgust at her actions the court was told on Friday,

Mr Guest said that Pereira had shown remorse that was “real and deep.”

She had pleaded guilty to a charge of theft at an earlier court appearance.

Sentencing her, Mr Recorder Ian Evans told Pereira that the offence represented a breach of trust with a woman who was not only her employer but who was registered blind and aged 83.

Mr Recorder Evans said Pereira was in the woman’s home in circumstances where she trusted her.

Pereira was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

In addition she will remain under Probation Service supervision for 12 months.