Shocking moment carer takes £60 from the purse of a dementia-stricken pensioner, 93, who she was supposed to be looking after
- Lydia Josselyn was paid £15 an hour over four months to look after sick OAP
- She was caught red-handed taking £60 out of the pensioner’s purse
- The victim’s family claim Josselyn may have stolen as much as £2,000
This is the shocking moment a ‘carer’ was caught on camera stealing £60 from the purse of a 93-year-old dementia sufferer she was supposed to be looking after.
Video shows Lydia Josselyn, who was paid £15 an hour over four months to look after the dementia-stricken woman by the family, taking money from the poorly pensioner’s purse and tucking it into the back of her trousers.
The CCTV footage was obtained by the woman’s daughter, who had suspected for some time that Josselyn, 53, had stolen from the dementia sufferer.
She set up cameras in various parts of the house in Hadleigh, Suffolk, in October 2018, to catch Josselyn red-handed nicking £60.
The footage was passed by the family to police, and Josselyn was convicted of theft, and ordered to do community service and compensate her victim.
Taking to social media, the pensioner’s daughter posted the footage online and asked viewers: ‘Please watch this video and decide for yourself if you would like this person, Lydia Josselyn, to act as a carer for your elderly vulnerable family member?’
Explaining that she set up cameras to see where her mother’s money was disappearing to, she then alleged that Josselyn may have stolen up to £2,000.
Lydia Josselyn (pictured) was paid £15 an hour over four months to look after the dementia-stricken woman, 93, by her caring family
CCTV footage shows Josselyn red-handed, taking £60 money from the poorly pensioner’s purse and tucking it into the back of her trousers
The video shows Josselyn entering the living room of the woman’s house, dropping her jacket on the couch and then making her way towards the corner of the room
Josselyn can then be seen picking up a purse and begins to examine the contents as she moves towards the door of the room. As she gets closer to the door, she tucks the purse into the back of her trousers and exits the room, before returning it to its original position
The video shows Josselyn entering the living room of the woman’s house, dropping her jacket on the couch and then making her way towards the corner of the room.
Josselyn can then be seen picking up a purse and begins to examine the contents as she moves towards the door of the room. As she gets closer to the door, she tucks the purse into the back of her trousers and exits the room.
She comes back a few moments later and returns the purse to its original position.
One social-media user said: ‘That is disgusting. Glad she is caught before doing it again to another vulnerable person.
‘Hope she didn’t care for any other elderly people.’
Another posted: ‘This annoys me so much. So many genuine and good carers out there and vulnerable people get frightened to have care because of incidents like this. I hope karma catches up with her.’
A third wrote: ‘That’s awful. A disgrace to humanity.’
The woman’s daughter, who lives in South Yorkshire, said: ‘My mum was devastated as she really liked Lydia and trusted her, and this made it difficult for us as she kept saying that money wasn’t going missing.’
A Suffolk Police spokesman confirmed today that Lydia Josselyn had been convicted of theft and ordered to do community service and pay the victim compensation, telling MailOnline: ‘This was a wicked crime where the perpetrator dishonestly exploited the vulnerability of the victim for her own financial gain.’
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Josselyn had pleaded guilty to the charge, and a letter sent by Ipswich Magistrates Court to the victim’s daughter confirms that Josselyn was ordered to pay £120 costs last December.
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