A CARER has been accused of stealing money from the purse of her 80-year-old female client.
Carol Norman, 50, of Stokesay Court, Ellesmere Port, appeared at Chester and Ellesmere Port Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with theft. She chose not to enter a plea.
Requesting for the case to be heard at Crown Court, prosecutor Rob Youds described how Mrs Norman had been a home carer for Florence Preece, of Woodfield Road North, Ellesmere Port, when Mrs Preece’s daughter had become suspicious about money disappearing.
On February 18 she decided to photocopy two £20 notes and take the photocopied image to officers based at Ellesmere Port Police Station.
She informed them that she was going to put the original notes into her mother’s purse ahead of Mrs Norman’s next scheduled visit on February 20.
Officers agreed to wait outside the address on that day and follow Mrs Norman on her exit from the house.
After following her to a nearby shop, the two £20 notes were discovered in her handbag.
Mr Youds said: “The Crown proposes that due to the alleged abuse of trust in this case magistrates powers are unsuitable and the evidence should be heard in a Crown Court.”
Richard Simm, defending, suggested the low amount involved made it suitable for summary trial.
The case was adjourned for a committal hearing to Chester Crown Court on July 14.
Mrs Norman was granted conditional bail, requiring her not to contact Florence Preece or enter Woodfield Road North, and not to contact a named witness in the case.