A ‘shameless and devious’ daughter with a gambling addiction nicked £20,000 from her elderly father’s estate - and blew it on slot machines.
Yasmin Tattersall, 57, was caring for her now deceased 81-year-old father over a three-year period.
She was in charge of his debit cards.
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He had privately-funded carers, who visited twice a day.
Meetings were held between the family and the company the carers worked for after they weren’t paid.
Despite coming to an agreement that Tattersall would sort the cash out, they were never paid.
Instead, she'd emptied her dad's account of his life savings - around £20,000 - Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
Tattersall, from Rochdale, admitted theft.
She has now been jailed for six months.
Earlier, prosecutor Alison Whalley told the court Tattersall bought her father's shopping and cared for him between March 2016 and September 2019.
She said he earned around £1,000 a month, spending £700 and saving £300.
"She took on caring responsibilities, but he also had a carer who went in twice a day which was privately funded," Ms Whalley said.
"The defendants' thefts came to light after it was found that the care company wasn’t being paid."
The company later got hold of Tattersall's sister, who had to pay up.
The defendant was then confronted by her family and admitted she had a gambling addiction.
An estimated £20,000 was taken, but the exact figure isn't known.
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Barclays have since reimbursed the family to the tune £13,150.
In an statement read to the court, Tattersall’s sister said: "We want to know how Yasmin could do this to our dad.
"How could you do this to us as a family?
"You were our sister, we would have come together as a family to help each other as we always did.
"We always lent you money when you needed it.
"We know you have killed our family with this act.
"If the pressure was too much, you should have shared this, we would have helped you.
"It was mum and dad’s money - not yours.
"He was vulnerable, he was 81 and he gave 30-years of his life fighting for this country.
"She has left us destroyed, we hope you realise what you have done.
"All of our family are devastated and disgusted at your actions."
Tattersall has no previous convictions.
Mitigating, Keith Jones said: "I make it clear that nothing I say in mitigation is designed to minimise the trauma this case has had on every person involved in it.
"It started as a coping mechanism for her when dealing with a deterioration in her mental health.
"Once it started it snowballed out of control, out of denial and embarrassment she didn’t turn to the family.
"Gambling was a coping mechanism and not something she ever denied.
"It’s not been an easy time for anybody in this case," he added.
Sentencing her, Judge John Edwards said: "He was vulnerable and had a number of issues, his means were meagre and he relied on his savings and his army pension so just earnt slightly above the threshold for paying for carers.
"They were needed modestly, for help in getting him dressed, making a cup of tea and a sandwich.
"You abused the trust he reposed in you.
"You have the indignity of sitting in the dock of a crown court, I accept you are remorseful and I accept you are sorry, but this was unforgivable and in your own words - disgusting.
"Having taken on that role you abused that trust over three and a half years and frittered away his life savings on slot machines.
"It was shameless and highly devious - you brought shame on yourself and hurt a lot of people."
Tattersall, of Partington Street, was jailed for six months.
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