Diss carer Kelly Harris sentenced for stealing £600 from OAP
A Diss carer, who was filmed stealing from the 94-year-old she was supposed to take care of, was sentenced at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Kelly Harris was caught taking a total of £600 from Raymond Barker’s wallet while he slept in an armchair at Weavers Court sheltered housing in Diss.
In his court statement, son Martin Barker said Harris had caused “an enormous amount of stress and anxiety” to the family.
Harris, 39, of Buxton Road admitted four counts of theft and was given a one-year suspended jail sentence.
After the sentencing on Tuesday, the victim’s son told the Diss Express that he was not satisfied with the outcome.
“I believe she committed a crime that deserved a prison sentence and I think she’s got off lightly,” said Mr Barker.
Harris told the BBC she regretted what she had done, saying: “I apologise to them all for the upset and hurt I have caused and to Ray in particular. I am very sorry – from the bottom of my heart.”
Mr Barker did not think the apology was genuine. “She does not regret things as far as I am concerned,” he said. “She’s got a thicker skin than most people would have.”
Mr Barker said he gave money to his father for sundry items and first noticed in October that £200 had gone missing.
Police were called when more cash went missing in December and serial numbers on bank notes were logged before being placed in Mr Barker’s wallet.
A covert camera was installed and Harris was identified as having taken the money.
During an earlier hearing, Harris told police she had used the money to shop in Morrisons.
In mitigation, she said she “had been under considerable pressure” caring for her mother and home schooling her 10-year-old son, who has Asperger’s syndrome.
Harris was sentenced to a year in custody suspended for two years, given 200 hours unpaid community service and ordered to pay £420 compensation plus a £115 victim surcharge.