Niece who stole from her aunt must repay money

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A WOMAN who drained her sick aunt’s bank account of £16,000 and left the 84-year-old on the brink of being evicted from a care home has been ordered to repay £3,000.

Janine Brown stole the money from Jacqueline Draper, who has Alzheimer’s, and left her with just £260 when she was supposed to be looking after her finances.

For months the 52-year-old failed to pay the bills for her aunt’s care at Ranvilles Nursing Home in Titchfield, putting her at risk of being evicted.

As previously reported in The News, Brown was given a 12-month sentence suspended for 18 months and told to do 200 hours of unpaid work when she was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court in February.

Brown was brought back to court for another hearing to determine how much money she should pay back.

Judge Richard Price found she had just £3,000 in assets and ordered her to pay it back within two months.

If she fails to hand the money over in that time she will be jailed for a month.

The court heard Brown helped herself to her aunt’s money between 2008 and 2011.

The mother-of-one used Miss Draper’s pension and benefits to pay her phone and house-hold bills, food and clothes shopping.

She also cleared her 25-year-old son Daniel Brown’s online gambling debts.

Brown, of Homer Close, Gosport, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud by abuse of her position.