Devious Canterbury carer Kelly Day stole £13k from 92-year-old disabled man
by Paul Hooper
A devious carer stole more than £13,000 from a 92-year-old
deaf man she was supposed to be looking after.
Mother-of-one Kelly Day, 38, systematically drained Whitstable
man John Filmer's bank account while working for Chestfield-based
Tender Loving Carers.
Vulnerable Mr Filmer, who appeared in the witness box in his
wheelchair, told the court he thought Kent
County Council had been taking the cash.
But a jury at Canterbury Crown Court heard how Day
(pictured right) had been systematically draining cash from
his bank account.
Day, of Whitehall Close, Canterbury, was caught red-handed
slipping the bank card into Mr Filmer's wallet, pretending she was
returning cash from a shopping trip.
She would later admit to stealing £300, claiming she could not
pay her rent arrears and feared eviction - but claimed it was the
But what she did not know was the wallet had already been
checked by a police officer and social services staff who had
become suspicious of money disappearing.
Day worked for TLC, which is based at Harvey Drive, Chestfield,
and supplies domiciliary carers to disabled and vulnerable
The company logo is: "To care as WE would expect others to care
But Day – who was sacked immediately after her thiev
"You were effectively caught red-handed and you knew the game was up..." – Ian Foinette, prosecuting
ing came to light – only
cared for cash, the jury decided.
She claimed she had been evicted a number of years ago and
feared she would lose her home again if she didn't pay her rent
arrears in the home where she has lived for 17 years.
The crooked carer claimed Mr Filmer had given her his bank card
and she had made the withdrawals over the year – in defiance of her
company's policy – but said it was with his permission.
She told the jury the money was used to pay for shopping and
buying clothing items – sometimes taking out hundreds of pounds.
She also claimed he gave her a set of keys to let herself into his
The carer claimed on numerous occasions she had failed to
fill out a financial transaction form which was required by the
But Ian Foinette, prosecuting, asked her: "So it was just
coincidence was it, that May 21 was the only day you took money and
the only day a police officer and social services happened to be
She replied: "Yes."
The prosecutor added: "So that was an ideal opportunity for you
to take Mr Filmer's card that morning and help yourself to £300 and
slip it (the card) back in a bit later?"
Day retorted: "I saw an opportunity and I took it and I've
But Mr Foinette added: "Yes, you had, because you were
effectively caught red-handed and you knew the game was up!"
Day said: "You could say that but I didn't know a police
officer would be there when I went round that day.
"I had every intention to pay the £300 back."
The prosecutor said Day, who was on a rota of carers looking
after the pensioner, took thousands of pounds without his
He said: "The money which disappeared was £13,200 which, had he
been given it as Day claimed, he would have been awash with
Day was found guilty of the second theft and will be sentenced
for both matters next month – after being told by Judge Simon James
to expect a custodial sentence. She was remanded on bail until the
Tender Loving Carers managing director Brigitte Grutzmacher
said: "We have no tolerance with any person who may pose a possible
risk of abuse in any form to any of our clients.
"Our company has supported and helped the police fully with all
their enquiries. The client in question is still using our services
which is a testament to the company proving that we put the client
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