The great-granddaughter of a woman who was robbed by “despicable” carer promised she would get her great-gran justice.
Abbie Blain told how Eileen Edwards was targeted by Faye Collins – a walk-to-work carer who stole thousands from her elderly victims.
Liverpool Crown Court heard on Monday how Collins, 25, of Hare Croft, West Derby, stole bank cards from dementia patients to withdraw thousands of pounds.
One of her victims was Abbie Blain’s great-gran Eileen who had dementia and a heart condition, as well as loss of hearing.
Collins, who in her role as a carer for Best Care Liverpool, knew the code to retrieve Eileen’s front door key and gained entry to her home on a number of occasions to steal her bank card.
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In May 2020, Collins made a number of ATM withdrawals using Eileen’s card totalling £880.
The alarm was raised when Eileen’s neighbours noted Collins’ suspicious behaviour and the fact she was visiting the house out of hours without her uniform.
Collins, whose actions were described in court as “despicable”, was actually suspended from her job as a carer at the time she gained entry into Eileen’s house after stealing £4,360 from another vulnerable lady between February 25 and March 17, 2020.
On eight separate occasions, Collins took the other woman’s card, used her pin, and withdrew money. She was only caught when her daughter-in-law tried to use the card but realised it had been overdrawn.
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Since her first interview in late May 2020, Collins was “thoroughly dishonest,” continued to deny her involvement and tried to blame her innocent colleagues, a court heard. Three years on from her crimes, Collins was yesterday jailed for two counts of fraud.
However, Eileen died in December 2021 aged 84 – just half an hour before Abbie’s 21st birthday – and never saw justice. Speaking to the ECHO just hours after Collins was jailed, Abbie said: “Our family now feels like we have justice – we were not going to give up.
“We’re still taking in the result as a family – my nan deserved the justice we fought to get her. I wasn’t going to give in, I told her I was going to get justice for her even if it were the last thing I did.”
Abbie said Collins targeted her great-nan’s vulnerabilities and betrayed their family’s trust put in her as a carer. When asked what impact this had on her personally, Abbie said the fraud left her feeling angry and depressed. Abbie has previously worked as a carer and said “she loved her job” but Collins’ abuse of power put her off ever going back.
Abbie added: “A carer is meant to look after people – she abused her position of trust. She tried to paint our family as liars until the guilty verdict. She didn’t turn up to court, she tried to blame others and took no accountability for her actions. She has no remorse.”
James Rae, who prosecuted the case, told Liverpool Crown Court Collins had “abused her power and targeted vulnerability”. He added “faith and trust was put in her by the victims and their families and she had betrayed her position.”
Defence barrister Cheryl Mottram said her client was a young woman who had never been in trouble with the law before. She said Collins was a mum with two children aged three and five who had been told by their grandparents that she was not at home because she was ill.
The defence said her client’s behaviour “has been viewed as despicable by the public and rightly so” – but felt a custodial sentence could be suspended to avoid disrupting the children’s lives. However, his Honour Judge David Swinnerton disagreed, branding the mum’s actions as “despicable”. He said Collins, who told police she had no money problems, had “stolen the money out of sheer greed”. Collins was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the two offences against the vulnerable women.
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