Carer caught stealing from neighbour sentenced
- 15 February 2013
- From the section Manchester
A carer who was caught on camera stealing cash from a vulnerable man has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Lisa Cobane, 32, of Grindleton Avenue, Wythenshawe, Manchester, admitted theft after she was seen taking a £20 note from neighbour Malcolm Gill.
Mr Gill's family had installed a camera in his home amid suspicions that money was going missing.
She was given a 12-week jail sentence suspended for a year at Stockport Magistrates' Court.
She was also given a supervision order for a year, a restraining order for a year and was ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.
Nick Smart, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS North West, said: "This was a deplorable act in which the defendant, Lisa Cobane, clearly took advantage of a vulnerable victim.
"The victim had previously relied upon her for assistance with day to day life and trusted her as a neighbour and care provider for him."
He added: "This trust was broken when she entered his home and stole money from under his nose.
"Unbeknown to her at the time, the entire incident was captured on video camera and it left her with little other option than to plead guilty to theft at an earlier hearing.
"I hope that today's sentence provides reassurance to the public that we take crimes these types of crimes seriously, and those who target vulnerable people in this way will be brought to justice."