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Luton carer Debra Thompson jailed over life savings theft

A carer has been jailed for stealing life savings worth more than £35,000 from a vulnerable disabled woman.

Debra Thompson, 21, used the bank cards of her victim, Denise Newson, between October 2012 and June last year, Luton Crown Court heard.

Thompson, of Thorntondale in Luton, admitted three counts of fraud.

Jailing her for 18 months, Judge Richard Foster said: "I have no doubt you wish you could turn back the clock, but you can't."

Mrs Newson, 67, suffered from multiple system atrophy which had left her housebound and immobile and in need of constant care.

She died over Christmas, after telling her family "I've had enough now, I feel beaten," the court was told.

Dominic Woollard, mitigating for Thompson, said "She is never going to forgive herself for the actions she took."

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