‘Carer’ stole £2,000

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A MAN who swindled more than £2,000 from an elderly dementia sufferer to pay for his extravagant lifestyle has been jailed.

Brian Hughes, 59, stole £2,204 from 79-year-old Beryl Cavanagh while she was living in a Todmorden nursing home.

For more than a year he had been her carer.

The pair became friends in 2006 and Mrs Cavanagh’s family trusted Hughes so much they moved her into his Mixenden flat with him in 2007.

By August 2008 he said he could no longer be her carer and she was moved into the nursing home.

Just four days later, Hughes starting stealing from her.

The pair stayed in touch, with Hughes taking Mrs Cavanagh on day trips, including to Kent to see her son.

He made cash withdrawals from machines in Hebden Bridge and Halifax and even paid five months of internet dating fees with her card.

The crimes only came to light when staff at the Bradford and Bingley noticed Hughes bullying Mrs Cavanagh.

They described him as overbearing and short with her.

A cashier raised the alarm when Mrs Cavanagh became confused why she was trying to withdraw £750.

Hughes admitted 19 counts of theft from Mrs Mrs Cavanagh, who died last September.

Kenneth Greene, representing Hughes at Bradford Crown Court, asked for any sentence to be suspended.

But Recorder Abdul Iqbal said he had no choice but to jail him for 18 months.

He told Hughes: “You took advantage of a vulnerable and debilitated woman. She placed her trust in you but you stole for extravangances.”