This is the ‘remorseless’ Birmingham health care assistant who stole from a patient as he lay dying in hospital.
Rebecca Ellis, 49, was responsible for the palliative care of Queen Elizabeth Hospital patient Frederick Bromley, a former police officer.
But instead, Ellis plundered his belongings – taking two Nationwide bank cards.
On one occasion, she used a contactless card to buy confectionary from WH Smith. Later she spent £126 online shopping at Dorothy Perkins.
Other purchases had been made using the cards, with the total loss amounting to £532.
In one instance, CCTV caught Ellis – wearing her work uniform – using Mr Bromley’s bank card to buy sweets at WH Smith.
Ellis, of Arden Road, Smethwick, who had previously been found guilty of theft and fraud, was today jailed for nine months.
Mr Bromley, 65, had been admitted to the QE Hospital in February last year, in pain after suffering a dislocating hip.
At the time, he was receiving palliative care for terminal cancer and Ellis was assigned to look after him, said Naomi Nelson-Cofie, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court.
Mr Bromley’s daughter had put two Nationwide bank cards in a bag along with other items and she later realised they were not where she had left them.
The prosecutor said that Mr Bromley died on March 23 last year.
In a video played to the court recorded before his death, Mr Bromley said: “I could not move and was in extreme pain.
“I am disgusted with the way she has treated me.”
In a witness statement his daughter Anna Marie Bromley said that at the time her father was “extremely vulnerable” and that she felt guilt about what had happened.
“This incident has changed my life so much. I no longer have any faith in the NHS and those they employ.”
She said her father had spent 36 years in the police force and was someone “loved by all.”
In passing sentence Mr Recorder Reid said “This is a case of high culpability because it involves a high degree of breach of trust and responsibility.
“There is an element of deliberate targeting of those who are vulnerable.”
He said the effect on Mr Bromley’s family had been “devastating” and that Ellis, who had continued to deny the offence, had shown no remorse.
Adam Wieczerzak, defending, said “She was under a considerable amount of stress She has mental and physical health difficulties.”
He said she had been subjected to bullying at work and that she had also been under financial pressure.
He added she had worked in health for a considerable number of years.
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