A CARE worker who stole cash from a bed-ridden cancer sufferer was given community service and ordered to pay costs.
Angela Davies, 39, of Burnham Road, Lache, was employed by Cheshire County Council as a care worker to look after Ian Reid, 64, of St Oswald’s Flats.
Mr Reid suffered from a number of illnesses, including cancer, and was bed-ridden.
But Davies was found guilty of theft after what district Judge Nick Sanders called a “breach of trust”.
She took £160 from Mr Reid’s wallet on November 22 and £120 on November 26 last year.
Authorities believed Davies was on duty when cash went missing and she was caught stealing £180 on December 3 after surveillance equipment was installed at Mr Reid’s home.
The notes, which had been treated with dye, were later found in her possession.
The court was also asked to consider two further thefts of £60 on October 14 and £70 on October 22, bringing the total to £410, which she brought into court to repay Mr Reid.
She was ordered to pay additional costs of £43 and carry out 120 hours of voluntary work over the next 12 months.
Davies, visibly upset during proceedings, offered no explanation for the thefts, other than she had “succumbed to temptation”.