A CARE home manager who abused her position and stole money from two elderly residents, was sentenced to 15 months in jail at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday (2nd October)

Judith Lemarinel, 54, of Aveling Drive, Southport, was found guilty by a jury, following a two day trial, of stealing a total of £5,530 from an 87 year old resident of the Park Grove Care Home in Burscough of which she was the manager.

During 2011, various amounts of money were withdrawn from the victim’s bank account after Lemarinel gained access to her debit card and pin number following a shopping trip.

“These were despicable crimes, taking money from two very vulnerable people who she was supposed to be caring for.”

PC Kyle Hazelaar

Lemarinel had also earlier pleaded guilty to theft from another lady who is 100 years old, who was also living in the care home. She pleaded guilty to stealing a total of £897 periodically over the course of four years (between 2007 – 2011) by overcharging the victim’s family who were providing money to buy the lady extra items and luxuries.

She was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the theft from the 87 year old lady, who has since sadly passed away, and an extra three months for the theft from the 100 year old lady, to run consecutively.

PC Kyle Hazelaar, of Skelmersdale police, said: “These were despicable crimes, taking money from two very vulnerable people who she was supposed to be caring for.

“Her position of responsibility was grossly abused for which she is now paying the price with a jail sentence.”

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