Carer convicted of stealing cash from vulnerable man

Daniel Wratten, who was convicted of stealing from an elderly man he cared for.
Daniel Wratten, who was convicted of stealing from an elderly man he cared for.

A man has been convicted of stealing cash from a vulnerable elderly man he was paid to care for.

Daniel Wratten, of Verne Road, North Shields, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of theft totalling £350 from January and April this year when he appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court last month.

The 21-year-old was sentenced to a 26 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 20 days of unpaid work.

The family of the victim, a 87-year-old man from Longbenton, who has Alzheimer’s, noticed cash going missing over a two month period in January and February this year and reported the matter to police.

Speaking after the case, Pc Ben Blackburn said: “This was a callous betrayal of trust from a carer who was employed to look after this elderly gentleman.

“Instead he abused his position to steal from the man he was being paid to take care of.

“This sentence highlights that courts take seriously this type of offence and police will always investigate such matters to safeguard vulnerable and elderly people.”