'If I see you again, you will go straight to prison': Kizzy Fawcett given final chance to avoid jail after stealing from vulnerable, elderly people in Beverley
A HOME help who stole thousands of pounds from elderly people has been given a last chance to avoid jail.
Kizzy Fawcett, 35, preyed on elderly people with memory problems in Beverley, stealing thousands of pounds from their bank accounts.
She was given a chance to avoid jail but failed to attend for unpaid work three times in November and December.
The judge issued a warrant for her arrest last week and she was forced to hand herself in after family members saw her picture in the Mail.
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Fining Fawcett £50, Judge Mark Bury warned this is her last chance to comply – or she will be sent to prison.
He told Fawcett: "Let me make this clear – I'm going to fine you for the breach.
"But if you so much as step one foot out of line again until this work is completed, you are going to prison.
"I will not accept any excuses. If I see you again, you are going straight to prison."
Despite being sent summons to attend court, she ignored them and failed to attend, prompting the judge to issue a warrant for her arrest.
Her barrister, Patricia Docherty, said: "She buried her head in the sand and realises it was a very foolish thing to do. She was ill."
Hull Crown Court heard mother-of-three Fawcett worked for Independent Home Living in Beverley and was sent to the homes of dementia sufferers as a home help.
Despite leaving her job at the firm, she continued to care for her victims and was employed privately.
Over two years, she stole expensive jewellery and more than £12,000 in cash.
Thefts included Rolex watches, a Cameo brooch and an antique watch fob, amounting to £6,000.
Fawcett, of Riding Fields Square, Beverley, stole cash from one woman's purse and took some of her victims to the bank to withdraw cash, knowing they would not remember.
The money was spent on phone top-up cards and takeaways.
Fawcett was caught when Lockings Solicitors was given power of attorney over one woman's affairs and discovered large sums had been withdrawn from her account.
When they contacted the bank, Fawcett was seen on CCTV taking the victim to the bank to withdraw funds amounting to more than £6,000 from her account.
Fawcett stole £150 from the purse of another woman and £375, which had been given to her to purchase a trophy for a junior football team.
She pleaded guilty to 11 thefts and asked the judge to take a further 18 offences of theft into consideration.
Fawcett was originally given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 280 hours of unpaid work in the community.
She has now been order- ed to pay £100 court costs.