A CALLOUS care worker stole two bank cards from a vulnerable nursing home resident and used them to buy hundreds of pounds-worth of designer clothes.
Heartless Nicola Gordon (20) also purchased takeaway meals, tracksuits and mobile phone top-ups for her friends.
She splashed out on goods worth a total of £1200 but Perth Sheriff Court was told last week that she had saved up just £570 over the past two years.
And it could take another two years or more if she has to make full compensation.
The crimes were previously branded by a sheriff as “mean and despicable.”
Gordon, of Rossie Place, Auchterarder, is heavily pregnant and expecting a child in nine weeks.
She was given more time to make restitution when she appeared in the dock.
Her solicitor Cliff Culley said she had saved up £150 since the case’s last deferral six months ago.
The court was told that Gordon, previously of Drumgrain Avenue, Methven, had been working at the village’s Dalnaglar Nursing Home.
Depute fiscal Robbie Brown said that the 92-year-old victim had been a resident for six years and the cards were removed from a safe in her room.
“There was a combination on it but it was fairly easy to obtain,” he explained.
The crime came to light when a number of “strange transactions” were drawn to the attention of the woman’s son and her solicitor, who had power of attorney.
“Suspicion very readily fell on the accused, who was working there, and she admitted taking and using the cards,” added Mr Brown.
Gordon, who was “unable to say no” to her friends, pled guilty to stealing the cards from the home in August, 2009. She then used them to fraudulently obtain various goods and services from shops and also on the internet over a four-week spending spree.
She was initially accused of fraudulently obtaining goods and services worth £1500 but a guilty plea was accepted to the reduced figure.
The vulnerable pensioner had subsequently died and solicitors were acting as executors for her estate.
The court was told previously that Gordon was in receipt of benefits and she proposed to continue repaying the cash at £10 a fortnight.
Sheriff Michael Fletcher agreed to defer sentence for a further six months and ordered her to be of good behaviour until February 8.