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Newport nurse stole money from elderly patients for shopping spree

Credit: Gwent Police

A nurse stole bank cards from elderly patients at Newport's Royal Gwent Hospital.

Trudy Jones, 53, took the cards of the two women in their 90s and then bought £3,100 worth of items including clothes and mobile phones.

Jones bought mobile phones with the money she stole Credit: JOEL CARRETT/AAP/PA Images

Jones was jailed today for 14 months for the six-week spending spree with the card of 94-year-old Evelyn Jewell which she stole from her handbag at her bedside.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Jones also took the bank card of 91-year-old Esmee Miller from her bedside table on the same day she died, but Jones had not used the card.

Prosecutor Jason Howells said an investigation was launched when it was found that Mrs Jewell's bank card had been used to buy items online.

The transactions were shown in an account belonging to Jones showing she had paid off debts and bought mobile phones, clothing and other items.

She said in police interviews that she was depressed and enjoyed shopping online.

– Prosecutor Jason Howells

Mrs Miller's niece Jayne Whitehouse said the family viewed the theft of her bank card with a "mixture of dismay and disbelief".

The judge told Jones:

The shopping made you feel better because of your depression but you should have been wracked with guilt at what you did.

This was not retail therapy, this was theft.

What you did erodes public confidence in health services.

– Judge Tom Crowther QC

Jones, from Newport, Gwent, pleaded guilty to one offence of fraud and two of theft.