A Penrith woman has been told by District Judge Gerald Chalk that her offence of theft was a serious breach of trust and made a serious impact on a vulnerable victim.
Miss Louisa Nicole Kernan, 35, gave her address as Brougham Street; she appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to `theft from another person` on April 19 at an address in Penrith.
Kernan was working as a “carer” and was a regular visitor at the female’s house; the court was told the elderly lady was a vulnerable person.
The judge was told how the victim’s daughter had begun taking the serial numbers from the bank notes left in her mother’s handbag; on April 19 the daughter discovered a £20 note was missing.
The judge was told how Kernan is now working as a receptionist and this offence was completely out of character said her lawyer Rachel Dixon, Kernan “finds it hard to know what was going through her mind at the time” her client was in debt and is very remorseful, she was suffering from depression at the time her lawyer said.
The judge said this was serious offence, your pay might not have been great, but as a carer you have responsibilities and this was a breach of that trust, the impact on the victim was significant.
Miss Kernan received a prison sentence of 180-days suspended for one-year, she also has to complete 100-hours of unpaid work in the community, she also has to pay £85 in court costs with a victim’s surcharge of £115.
“This suspended prison term is hanging over your head” said the judge.