A Preston woman has appeared in court after allegedly stealing £1,000 from her grandmother who suffered from dementia.
Nicola Melia, residing in Princes Reach, Ashton-On-Ribble in Preston, has been accused of stealing more than £1,130 in cash withdrawals between August and October. She took her grandmother’s debit card whilst her grandfather was out of the house.
Appearing in Preston Crown Court, the prosecutor claimed that the grandfather found out after looking at bank statements and seeing anomalies. He traced the cash withdrawals back to an AMT in Fulwood.
The grandfather immediately knew something suspicious was taking place and publicly stated that his wife doesn’t know how to use cash machines.
The grandfather communicated his suspicions to his son-in-law, who returned hours later with Nicola who confessed.
The prosecutor stressed that the grandmother suffers from dementia and Nicola had taken her bank cards without being detected.
Initially, Nicola denied the offenses to police but later admitted her guilt.
The defendant’s solicitor insisted that Nicola had a “Good character” and pleaded guilty to avoid her grandfather testifying in court. He also added that the family have had recent bereavements and needed as little stress as possible.
The Judge sentenced Nicola Melia to a community order with 150 hours unpaid work and 30 RAR days.