The boss of a charity working to protect vulnerable older people has criticised the sentence given to Joanne Kendall, who spent more than £1,000 after using an Alzheimer’s patient’s credit card.
The 26-year-old, of Brun Grove, Blackpool, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, a rehabilitation order, and ordered to pay compensation to bank HSBA, which refunded the poorly pensioner, after admitting five counts of fraud by false representation, but Gary Fitzgerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse, said she got off too easy.
He said in a statement: “This flimsy sentence sends out entirely the wrong message. Crimes like this will only stop when our courts start to issue punishments that are real deterrents – that’s why we’re campaigning for crimes like this against vulnerable older people to be made aggravated offences.
“Maybe then we will start to see punishments that truly fit the crime.”