Carer denies stealing from disabled client
A carer took almost £40,000 from a severely disabled woman, it was alleged in court.
Katherine Gregory visited cerebral palsy sufferer Tania Crowie , 44, and set her up with online banking, a jury at Bristol Crown Court was told.
Over the course of a year she regularly transferred hundreds of pounds from Ms Crowie's bank account to her own.
She told police that though money was gifted to her, she had started to post money back through Ms Crowie's letter box. She confirmed she had gone on holidays abroad but couldn't account for the missing money.
Gregory, 31, of Blackthorn Gardens, Weston-super-Mare, denies theft of £37,680.36 between November 2010 and January last year.
Ian Fenny, opening the case for the prosecution, said Ms Crowie's condition robbed her of speech, so she would be providing written answers to questions in court, read out by a helper. Mr Fenny said that in 2008 wheelchair-bound Ms Crowie lived in Yate, and Gregory was her agency carer.
He told the court: "The defendant was friendly, committed and would go the extra mile. There was no direct financial relationship."
Mr Fenny said Gregory suggested to Ms Crowie the advantages of online banking, but their professional relationship ended when Gregory moved to Weston-super-Mare.
In the autumn of 2010, the court heard, Gregory contacted Ms Crowie offering her services again as a carer, telling her she had set up her own agency.
Mr Fenny said: "In a short space of time the defendant raised the issue of online banking. Tania agreed and an online banking facility was agreed."
Mr Fenny said: "The defendant had complete access to Tania's bank accounts. Within days, the defendant began the transfer of large sums of money from Tania's bank account into her own bank account."
The case continues.