Two carers have been jailed after stealing a medal and wedding rings from elderly patients they were tasked to look after.
Gabriel Cachit and Nicolae Malinche from Reading, England, were working for a local care provider when they abused their position as carers to steal valuables from elderly patients.
The pair were found guilty of targeting 84-year-old Jill Laver and stealing her wedding ring, engagement ring, and another piece of jewelry belonging to the patient’s aunt.
As the terminally-ill woman’s daughter, Jo Laver, expressed, her mum trusted Cachit and Malinche to take care of her only to be betrayed and robbed.
“My mum was dying and these men were trusted to come into my home to care for her. They had no regard for the fact that she was vulnerable and dying,” Laver said in a victim impact statement.
“I had feelings that I had let her down and felt guilty for bringing her to my home, a place where she should have felt safe. I will live with guilt for not protecting her for the rest of my life.”
Besides Jill, the two young men were also found guilty of robbing a 90-year-old senior with dementia of his OBE Medal and other possessions with sentimental value.
“All of the people that both of you stole items from were elderly, vulnerable and, in some cases, in very fragile health. Some of the victims have since died,” Judge Angela Morris said as she addressed Malinche and Cachit.
“The stolen items were all important either because of their intrinsic value or because they held a high sentimental value.
“Both of you took full advantage of the frailty and vulnerability of those elderly people and you took full advantage of the trust placed in you by your employer, Royle Care and the trust placed in you by those victims and their relatives.
“You took full advantage of all of that to help yourself to whatever took your fancy for what I can only surmise was unadulterated greed on both your parts.”
Cachit has been sentenced to 40 months in prison while Malinche has been sentenced to 27 months in jail.
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