At Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland we are once again disappointed to read about the leniency shown by the courts towards abusers of older people.
The case of Maureen Allen, who despite stealing £11,000 from the aunt she was supposed to be caring for was spared jail, because she pleaded guilty, highlights the lack of appropriate sentencing and lack of deterrent to those who seek to steal from, or defraud, older people. Indeed, Allen only needs to pay back £500 in compensation. This is not justice for the victim in this case and at Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland we are campaigning for tougher sentences for those who abuse older people in this way. If criminals are to be deterred, punishments must start to fit the crime.
Visit www.elderabuse.org.uk or tel: 080 8808 8141 for support and guidance.
veronica gray Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland