Talacre cleaner filmed taking cash from handbag of 100-year-old

Published date: 31 March 2014 |
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A CLEANER was filmed taking cash from the handbag of a 100-year-old woman.

The woman responsible was a cleaner at the victim’s home in Holywell, a court heard.

Defendant Nicolas Holden, 35, was employed by a cleaning company to go to the elderly woman’s home to help look after her.

Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold heard that there were concerns that money was going missing from the client’s home.

Her employers installed CCTV equipment in the house.

Prosecutor Matthew Ellis said that the film caught her “red handed” taking money from the victim’s handbag.

Holden, of Willow Grove, at Talacre, admitted theft following the incident on February 17.

Magistrates said it was a serious breach of trust which she had only admitted after the CCTV film had been shown to her.

Holden, who had since been sacked, was placed on a 12 month community order and told to complete 50 hours unpaid work.

She was ordered to pay £100 compensation and £110 prosecution costs.

When interviewed, she told police that she was a diabetic and could not remember what she had done.

Damian Sabino, defending, said that his client had admitted theft.

“Her disgrace is complete by appearing before you in this court,” he said.

It was a breach of trust. but her offending was born out of circumstances and desperation, he said.

The court heard that Holden was full of remorse for what she had done.

Magistrates were told that she moved from Southport with a new partner.

But the relationship had not worked out and she had found it difficult to meet the bills.

Holden had fallen to temptation to steal the money in order to pay for fuel for her car, magistrates were told.

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