Elderly victim's daughter's shock after thieving carer walks free

The Hackett family, from left, Angela Hackett, Julie Hackett and father Bob Hackett, from whom £19,000 was stolen by his carer, Angela Barefoot

Angela Barefoot pleaded guilty

First published in News

THE daughter of an elderly man who was robbed of thousands is shocked by the breach of trust and feels the culprit should have gone to jail.

On Friday, Angela Barefoot, 60, of Saltash Road, was spared jail after pleading guilty to taking £19,000 from Robert Hackett, who was a resident at the sheltered accommodation where she was a warden.

She was given the card and pin number of Mr Hackett to buy him things he needed, but instead spent thousands at Gala Bingo to fuel her gambling addiction.

Mr Hackett, who was in his 80s and suffered from dementia, moved into George Selman Gardens in 2001, and between 2008 and 2011 around 400 cash withdrawals were made from cash machines.

At Swindon Crown Court last Friday, Judge Douglas Field imposed a 20-month jail sentence suspended for two years, and also ordered Barefoot to carry out 200 hours of community service after hearing she had led a good life before this incident.

She was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation, a fraction of the amount which was taken, but Mr Hackett’s daughter Julie said it was the abuse of position which the family have found most shocking.

“More than anything it is the massive breach of trust which I have found hardest to take,” she said.

“She was supposed to care for my father, who was very frail, but instead she stole money from an elderly man who could not defend himself. It was only after he died that I discovered what had happened.

“My dad gave her the card in good faith but she abused the trust he placed in her.”

Julie discovered the deceit when she was going through her father’s accounts after he died.

She has also criticised the legal system for not sending Barefoot to prison.

“When I was going through his accounts I noticed there were a lot of unusual withdrawals,” said Julie “I am pleased that we now know she took the money but I feel she should have spent some time in jail. It seems that justice is on the side of the defendant rather than the victim. The whole trial took almost two and a half years and it was only later on that she entered a guilty plea.

“I could see that £100 was taken out and then just 20 minutes later another £100 was taken out. There was one period when £2,000 was taken out while my dad was in hospital.”

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7:19am Tue 2 Sep 14

Sandor Clegane says...

What a fitting end to Mr Field's illustrious 'career'.

The Hackett family have been failed, appallingly, by the system they've been forced to fund all their lives.


It seems that justice is on the side of the defendant rather than the victim.


Correct, especially when certain judges are involved.
What a fitting end to Mr Field's illustrious 'career'. The Hackett family have been failed, appallingly, by the system they've been forced to fund all their lives. [quote] It seems that justice is on the side of the defendant rather than the victim. [/quote] Correct, especially when certain judges are involved. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 26

7:20am Tue 2 Sep 14

EastleazeRed says...

**** should be made to pay it all back . Just goes to show how crap our legal system is .
**** should be made to pay it all back . Just goes to show how crap our legal system is . EastleazeRed
  • Score: 24

10:51am Tue 2 Sep 14

EmmBee says...

Ohh, but she was addicted to gambling, it wasn't her fault.
How does the chant go "always the victim, it's never your fault". It's a shame it's not easier to bring a civil prosecution on cases like this, so the family could claw back some money and maybe bankrupt the scumbag in the process.
Ohh, but she was addicted to gambling, it wasn't her fault. How does the chant go "always the victim, it's never your fault". It's a shame it's not easier to bring a civil prosecution on cases like this, so the family could claw back some money and maybe bankrupt the scumbag in the process. EmmBee
  • Score: 14

12:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

EastleazeRed says...

EmmBee wrote:
Ohh, but she was addicted to gambling, it wasn't her fault.
How does the chant go "always the victim, it's never your fault". It's a shame it's not easier to bring a civil prosecution on cases like this, so the family could claw back some money and maybe bankrupt the scumbag in the process.
Go up the garla bingo most evenings and you can see her still pumping money in the machines . Women has no shame !
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: Ohh, but she was addicted to gambling, it wasn't her fault. How does the chant go "always the victim, it's never your fault". It's a shame it's not easier to bring a civil prosecution on cases like this, so the family could claw back some money and maybe bankrupt the scumbag in the process.[/p][/quote]Go up the garla bingo most evenings and you can see her still pumping money in the machines . Women has no shame ! EastleazeRed
  • Score: 9

1:52pm Tue 2 Sep 14

justmynote says...

I think she is still housed by the borough council!! She was working for them at the time of the theft and they still let her have a home. Other people on the waiting list are more deserving, its just not right
I think she is still housed by the borough council!! She was working for them at the time of the theft and they still let her have a home. Other people on the waiting list are more deserving, its just not right justmynote
  • Score: 9

2:06pm Tue 2 Sep 14

shewhocares says...

Disgraceful!, she should be locked up and made to work to pay the whole lot back theiving trashy scumbag! I hope she rots at the roulette wheel!
Disgraceful!, she should be locked up and made to work to pay the whole lot back theiving trashy scumbag! I hope she rots at the roulette wheel! shewhocares
  • Score: 8

2:24pm Tue 2 Sep 14

BRY328 says...

I agree with the comments...but responsibility is with the victims Family - 3 years and 400 PIN withdrawals from a 75 year old with dementia. Come On!?!
I agree with the comments...but responsibility is with the victims Family - 3 years and 400 PIN withdrawals from a 75 year old with dementia. Come On!?! BRY328
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Criticise61 says...

It's that cretin Judge Douglas Field again! Always protects the criminals and cares nothing for the victims.
It's that cretin Judge Douglas Field again! Always protects the criminals and cares nothing for the victims. Criticise61
  • Score: 5
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