A terminally-ill grandmother had property stolen from her by her official carer.
Jordan Jones pawned the property he took and spent some of the money on gambling.
But Jones has now been forgiven by his victim, allowed to continue living at her home and has kept his job, Blackpool Magistrates Court was told.
Jones, 20, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to the theft of two mobile phones.
He was given an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £44 compensation with £45 costs.
He was also ordered to pay a £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Jones had known the victim, who was a friend of his mother’s for about 15 years and had lived at her home on and off.
When she was diagnosed with a terminal illness he became her official carer.
On July 24 she became ill and was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
When she returned home she found two mobile phones were missing.
She found pawn tickets for the phones in Jones’s bedroom.
Jones told the police he had pawned the phones for £44 and spent the money on food then gambled the rest.
Martin Hillson, defending, said at times the woman Jones cared for was worried she did not have enough money to pay for things.
The cash Jones got for the phones he spent on food for himself and the woman as well as gambling part of it.
Jones had apologised to his victim, done unpaid work round her home.
He had been allowed to stay there and keep his job.