Thief must pay back cash

A NURSING home worker who stole tens of thousands of pounds from elderly residents to fund his flash lifestyle has been ordered to repay more than £50,000.

Jaspal Sandhar, 25, of Muirfield Avenue, Tyldesley, spent the cash on hiring expensive cars, buying designer clothes and gambling in casinos. His three victims all lived at The Willows Nursing Home in Higher Broughton, Salford, which is owned by one of Sandhar’s relatives.

He was jailed for 18 months by Salford magistrates in September after he admitted three counts of fraud by false representation.

Now he has been ordered to repay a total of £50,211.41 to his victims within six months after a hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court. He will be jailed for a further 15 months if he fails to pay up in time - and will still have to pay any outstanding cash.

One of his victims was 90-year-old Marjorie Thorpe, who has since died. The others were 67-year-old Paula Nelson and Brian Roy, 57.

Sandhar will have to pay £14,209 to the family of Mrs Thorpe. He was also told to pay £17,278 to Mrs Nelson and £18,724 to Mr Roy.

Magistrates heard Sandhar had access to the credit and debit cards of the victims through an office at the nursing home. His job included driving to the Post Office to withdraw money from the three residents’ accounts.