Jun 28 2011 by court reporter, Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
A HEARTLESS Perth woman who stole cash from a disabled pensioner escaped a jail term when she appeared for sentence yesterday.
Perth Sheriff Court was told that binge drinker Anne McIntyre was caught in a police ‘sting’ operation after stealing the money from the 76-year-old stroke victim.
The callous care worker worked for the Caledonian Nursing Agency.
She had been looking after the pensioner at her home in Goshen Road, Scone, for about four months.
But there were “suspicions” regarding sums of money disappearing from her home and members of her family contacted the police, according to depute fiscal Katie Pacholek.
“On October 15, two notes were planted in the OAP’s purse. They had been marked with an ultra-violet substance.”
About 5.50pm that day, the accused was seen to enter the OAP’s house – and leave five minutes later.
McIntyre was traced nearby and taken to police headquarters where the marked notes were recovered.
When cautioned by officers, she replied: “I did it.”
McIntyre (43), of Logie Crescent, admitted stealing £30 from the woman on October 15 last year.
After hearing that the accused had now stopped drinking, Sheriff Robert McCreadie ordered her to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, a direct alternative to a prison sentence.
But he warned her: “I think it should be a life-long abstinence from alcohol.”
The sheriff told her previously that drink was “poison” to her and branded the theft “despicable”.
Solicitor Rosie Scott said that the accused’s circumstances had changed and she now didn’t need any help with her mental health and alcohol problems.