Thieving carer Elizabeth Grant has jail term quashed
Appeal court judges have quashed a prison sentence given to a carer from Glasgow who was filmed stealing cash from an 84-year-old dementia patient.
Elizabeth Grant, 52, was jailed for five months at the city's Sheriff Court in May for stealing from James Miller.
She was caught after his sons installed a tiny camera in an alarm clock.
Appeal judges ruled Grant's jail term was excessive and ordered her to be given 200 hours community service and 18 months probation instead.
During her trial, the court heard that Grant was filmed twice stealing from James Miller's wallet while making his bed.
Mr Miller's sons Thomas, 42, and Alexander, 48, had installed a camera in his alarm clock as they suspected Grant had taken cash from their father, who has since died.Sacked from job
The footage helped police arrest Grant, from Knightswood, Glasgow.
She was jailed in May by Sheriff Rita Rae QC for stealing £25 from Mr Miller in March 2010.
Grant appealed the sentence to the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh, where judges Lady Paton and temporary judge Brian Lockhart, the Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, ruled it was excessive.
The former Cordia care worker was dismissed her from her post in May 2010.