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Support worker who stole £6,000 from pensioner is jailed

A support worker has been jailed for stealing more than £6,000 from a pensioner she was looking after.

Nurse practitioner, Elaine Lowery, 50, from Whitehaven, cared for a woman suffering from paranoia but instead stole £6,242 to spend on holidays.

In October 2015, Lowery helped withdraw £16,000 from the woman's account for her new home and funeral plan.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Lowery, of Gable Road, admitted two theft charges and was jailed for a year.

Lowery did not have the means to make any repayment and the rest of the money was spent legitimately, the court heard.

Recorder Abigail Hudson said: "It is a tragedy in the circumstances that the victim is unlikely to ever see that money again."

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