Carer may be jailed for theft from MS patient

A CARER from Dewsbury could be sent to prison after stealing from an MS sufferer she was looking after. 

Shazia Akhtar, 31, pocketed cash from Paula Richardson's purse over a number of weeks, Kirklees Magistrates' Court was told.

She was caught in the act after Ms Richardson's sister installed CCTV at her home in Dewsbury.

Akhtar pleaded guilty to theft when she appeared at court in custody after failing to show up to previous hearings.

The court heard that she was employed by Dewsbury-based care firm Elite Staffing and cared for Ms Richardson due to her condition.

Akhtar, of Ouzelwell Crescent in Dewsbury, claimed she was providing change for Ms Richardson but admitted taking the cash.

She also admitted driving while disqualified and with no insurance on Bradford Road in Cleckheaton on July 4 after she was banned from driving in December.

District Judge Michael Fanning ordered a report from probation services but warned Akhtar she could be sent to jail.

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