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Sentencing deferred as carer admits stealing £11k from vulnerable clients

By George Jackson

A judge has described the actions of a care worker who abused her position of trust to steal £11,000 from two elderly and vulnerable female clients, as some of the lowest form of offending he'd come across in years.

Judge Philip Babington was speaking at Londonderry Crown Court during the plea hearing of 25-year-old Danielle McDermott, who admitted committing the thefts on various dates between August 2013 and May 2014. A Public Prosecution Service barrister told the court that the daughter of McDermott's first victim became suspicious when her mother was continually short of money after home visits by the carer and she was filmed taking cash from her purse.

Another client, a 75-year-old woman, had her bank account reduced from £11,195 to £474 between August 2013 and April 2014 when McDermott was her carer.

Judge Babington said he considered McDermott's offending as very serious.

"I am going to defer sentencing until Thursday and I have to say this is some of the lowest type of offending I have seen for a long time in this court," he said. McDermott was readmitted to bail until she's sentenced.

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