A SENIOR care worker systematically stole almost £13,000 from a vulnerable man and spent some on a trip to Las Vegas and feeding his gambling and drinking addictions.
Karl Finney was visibly emotional when a judge was told that the victim, who has a mental age of seven, was upset at his disappearance and keeps asking where he is. He had been particularly attached to the 29-year-old and did not understand the enormity of what he had done, said his sister Colette McFarland.
Anyone in such a position of trust has to know that a breach of that level of trust has to result in a custodial sentenceGuy Mathieson - Recorder
When the judge, Recorder Guy Mathieson described gambler Finney’s trip to Las Vegas as “a jolly boys’ outing” a supporter in the public gallery said he had gone for a wedding. The judge accepted that but said “but you were stealing that money to fund that”.
Jailing Finney for 20 months, Recorder Mathieson said that when inquiries began by his boss he “spun it out” by fobbing her off and only stopped when she found the man’s clothing and living standards were not as they should have been. He told Finney, of Gardiner Avenue, Haydock, that he accepted he was full of remorse but he had to consider the 68-year-old victim whose money, which would have paid for holidays, had gone, with no way of getting it back.
The judge said: “Anyone in such a position of trust has to know that a breach of that level of trust has to result in a custodial sentence.”
Finney, who admitted stealing £12,976, was a care worker by the Embrace Group for 10 years. Graham Robinson, defending, said Finney, who has a partner and two-year-old son, was “overcome with remorse” when challenged over the thefts. He has since been referred for help with his drink problem and joined Gamblers Anonymous.