A carer who used an 86-year-old woman’s bank cards to pay for online shopping, days out and holidays received an eight months suspended jail term on Friday.

Judge Niclas Parry at Mold crown court told Jenna Roberts, 26, of Clos Belyn, Llandudno Junction, on benefits: "In these days where we all share nothing but the greatest admiration for the role played by care workers, you brought shame on that profession.”

He ordered her to pay £1,622 compensation, carry out 100 hours unpaid work, and to do a rehabilitation activity.

Judge Parry said she had told police her victim was a liar and suspicion had been cast on another innocent person.

But police discovered the defendant had researched how fraud could be committed and detected. The court heard she was a single mum and pregnant.

Prosecutor Richard Edwards said there had been a £327 payment to Haven, payments to West Midlands Safari Park, Gullivers Fun and Hotel, a florist, Alton Towers and Marks and Spencer. The victim was mainly housebound.

Matthew Curtis, defending, said Roberts had no previous convictions and he urged the judge not to jail her. Roberts admitted fraud.