Thieving carer is jailed

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN care worker who callously stole from disabled clients and their families has been jailed.

Paisley Sephton, 20, of Robert Street, Platt Bridge, had pleaded guilty to four theft offences involving stealing a total of £350 from two different victims and pinching earrings, a USB memory stick and computer mouse from another couple.

She was sentenced to four months’ in prison.

All the offences took place between September 21 and November 15 last year.

Sephton stole the jewels and computer items from a couple from Ince who have a disabled son who requires round-the-clock care.

She was meant to be providing respite care for the victims who were taking a well-earned break, but used their absence as an opportunity to pilfer.

Some £300 in cash was stolen from an elderly Whelley man who is partially-sighted and has mobility problems.

Sephton was covering for the victim’s regular carer at the time of the theft.

And another £50 was stolen from the mother of a disabled Ince girl for whom Sephton was providing care.

It was the parents of the disabled man who sparked a police inquiry, reporting the thefts against them and all lines of inquiry led to Sephton.

This led to the investigation of the other thefts and the two computer items were recovered from the carer’s home.

Hanifa Patel, prosecuting, said that Sephton has no previous convictions but the case involved a breach of trust.

Martyn Walsh, defending, said that Sephton had pleaded guilty and was “full of remorse”. She feels badly about having let herself and her family down.