Abigail Hanford

A bogus carer who stole money from a woman in her 90’s has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Abigail Hanford, 28, pleaded guilty to a number of offences – including burglary and fraud – in relation to the incident in June. She appeared at Newport Crown Court today (Thursday, August 2). Hanford, of Ynysawdre, Bridgend, gained access to the home of her 94-year-old victim in Brynmenyn, Bridgend, on June 30, and pretended she was there in the capacity of a carer.

However, she exploited the vulnerability of her victim by going through her possessions while her victim was distracted – before leaving with a quantity of cash and a bank card.

Police were then called after the real carer arrived. Detective Sergeant Gruff Davies said: “This was a cruel, cold-hearted crime committed by a duplicitous individual who preyed on her victim in the place she should feel safest – her own home.

“We welcome today’s guilty pleas and sentencing and hope this will provide some closure to the victim and her family after such an upsetting episode. I want to pay tribute to their incredible bravery during what must have been a terrible experience.

“I also want to reassure people locally that this was very much an isolated case, although we would continue to urge people to be vigilant – as well as to keep an eye out for friends and family. South Wales Police will always treat these cases with the utmost priority.”

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