A heartless thief stole from her partner’s grandmother as she lay dying in hospital.
Donna Worrall, 29, of Edward Square, Deepdale, walked free from court despite admitting taking £4,200 from Glenyse Staples in the weeks before she passed away aged 72.
It is understood the grandmother’s grieving husband discovered the theft, which had been committed using a cash card.
Preston’s Sessions House court heard Worrall had been trusted with a key to the couple’s home while Mrs Staples, known affectionately as ‘Nana Glen’, was poorly.
The pensioner, who was great-grandmother to the defendant’s children, passed away a year ago in Royal Preston Hospital.
Mum-of-two Worrall, sporting a ponytail, hoop ear rings and a blue smock top, stood calmly in the dock as she was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for 12 months.
Judge Jonathan Gibson told her: “These offences were mean offences.
“There was quite a lot of money involved. There was also a breach of trust.
“You were the person who had the key to her premises while she was in hospital, and about to pass away.”
The judge ordered Worrall to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and take part in a women’s probation programme.
She must pay the great-grandfather of her children £100 compensation at a rate of just £2 a week.
Paul Humphreys, defending, said she had no previous convictions.
He added: “She has small rent arrears. They are reliant on benefits and are due to move to Oldham in May.”
A family member, who did not want to be named, described the offences as “disgusting”.