South Scotland

Jedburgh cleaner Teresa Brown jailed over £15,000 theft

A cleaner who stole £15,000 from a pensioner with health difficulties has been jailed for 15 months.

Teresa Brown, 44, of Jedburgh, was trusted with the 68-year-old's bank card and pin number so that she could do his shopping and withdraw her wages.

However, she also made withdrawals to pay for her own shopping and debts.

She was originally charged with taking £60,000 and was due to stand trial before she pled guilty to stealing the reduced figure of £15,000.

The offence took place while she was working at the home of the pensioner in Kirk Yetholm between October 2011 and August 2012.

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre called it "a grave breach of trust" and said that a custodial sentence was inevitable.

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