Nurse, 31, avoids jail after stealing hundreds of pounds from dementia patients to blow on River Island and Boohoo clothes
- Stacey Banfield took bank details from patients at Neath Port Talbot Hospital
- Used their savings to order clothes from chains like River Island and Boohoo
- Relatives suspicious and police found items had been delivered to her address
- Judge called behaviour ‘disgusting’ and gave her 18-month suspended sentence
A nurse stole hundreds of pounds from dementia patients on her ward to spend on clothes.
Stacey Banfield, 31, took bank details from vulnerable patients at Neath Port Talbot Hospital in South Wales to plunder their savings.
She then bought clothes from online from chains like River Island and Boohoo, but was caught when relatives of two patients noticed the suspicious transaction.
Stacey Banfield, 31, (pictured) took bank details from vulnerable patients at Neath Port Talbot Hospital in South Wales to plunder their savings
Police made inquiries with the retailers concerned and found the items had been delivered to Banfield’s address.
The auxiliary nurse was arrested and interviewed and admitted taking bank details from the patients.
Prosecutor Helen Randall said: ‘Relatives of two patients on the ward noticed suspicious online transactions on bank account in the summer of 2017 and contacted the authorities.
‘Police made inquiries with the online retailers concerned and found the purchased items had been delivered to Banfield’s address.’
Banfield, from Port Talbot, South Wales was arrested and told officer that she had been ‘living well beyond her means’.
Police made inquiries with the retailers concerned and found the items had been delivered to Banfield’s address
Swansea Crown Court heard Banfield spent £589 from elderly victims aged 88 and 75.
Miss Randall added: ‘Both victims were particularly vulnerable due to their circumstances.’
Banfield pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation.
Hannah George, defending, said: ‘Banfield had worked for the NHS for 10 years and had been dedicated to those she cared for.
‘She was deep in debt at the time and had turned to numerous payday loans in order to make ends meet.
‘Banfield is ‘deeply ashamed’ about her behaviour and was remorseful for what she had done.’
Banfield was jailed for one year, suspended for 18 months.
Judge Keith Thomas said: ‘You took advantage of two vulnerable patients in your care and abused your position of trust.
‘All right-minded people would be disgusted by this sort of behaviour and rightly so.’
An undated photo of Neath Port Talbot Hospital in South Wales, where Banfield worked as a nurse
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