05:00PM, Monday 04 July 2016
A care home worker who stole thousands of pounds from an elderly woman in his care was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence on Friday.
Tjinder Dhupar, 28, of Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, was ordered to pay £5,260 in compensation, given a three month curfew between the hours of 8pm and 5am and was ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid community work.
The offences took place when he worked at Golden Rose Community Care in Trelawney Avenue, Slough, in 2014.
He had previously been found guilty of two counts of theft on Friday, June 3, by a unanimous jury verdict after he stole £4,590 from bank cards owned by elderly resident Marie Day.
Dhupar made 30 transactions between February and June 2014.
In his sentencing remarks at Reading Crown Court, Judge Grainger said his sentence had been suspended, in part, due to his ‘previous good character’.
The court had heard from people during the trial who said they had reacted to the news of his accusation with ‘disbelief’.
Judge Ian Grainger said another reason was his belief that Dhupar would have ‘problems you would undoubtedly suffer in prison’, as he would be open to manipulation from other prisoners.
“These were wicked offences,” the judge said.
The investigating officer, DC Robert Mellor, from Slough CID, said: “This was a terrible crime in which Dhupar exploited his position of trust to take advantage of the vulnerable victim.
“He pleaded not guilty which put the victim and her family through even more stress.”