Heartless carer told to pay back every penny of £315k she stole from woman, 102

A carer who conned a 102-year-old woman out of £300,000 has been ordered to pay every penny back.

Julie Sayles, 60, used her status as a charity worker to dupe Edith Negus out of her life savings.

Sayles, of Sewerby Road, Bridlington, set up a joint bank account with the pensioner, into which payments totalling £287,688 were made from Edith’s savings accounts, HullLive reports .

She also wrote herself into Edith’s will in a bid to take the rest of her assets after her death in October 2014.

Sayles denied any wrongdoing but was convicted of five counts of fraud, two of concealing or converting criminal property, and making an article for use in fraud, after a trial at Hull Crown Court in June last year. She was jailed for nine years.

Sayles was back in the dock on Thursday for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act, when it was agreed the total benefit from her criminal activity was £315,000. She had £297,000 in her bank accounts, and has a month to pay that back.

Recorder Jeremy Barnett gave Sayles three months to repay the remaining £18,000. If she does not she could face another six months in prison.

Sick claims that stolen money was ‘donation’

During her trial, Edith’s relatives had been appalled to hear Sayles describe the money she had taken as a "donation".

Sayles had also hijacked Edith’s funeral, making the arrangements herself and barring relatives from the bungalow she planned to seize in the will.

After plundering the pensioner’s life savings, Sayles spent £125,000 on a house in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, and £119,995 on another in Scarborough. Both were solely in her name.

‘Don’t remember Edith for this’

In an emotional statement read outside court following Sayles’s conviction, Edith’s great-niece, Ann Ruthven, revealed that they did not want Edith’s life to be remembered for the callous crimes committed against her at its end.

The family released a series of photographs of Edith throughout her long life to show the woman she was, and that she had never been "abandoned" by her loving family as Sayles wickedly claimed.

Miss Ruthven said: "Edith Negus was a beautiful, kind, warm and loving woman who had many friends and family who loved her dearly.

"Edith would have been horrified that she has been associated with anything like this, and we stress that this is not how Edith should be remembered – she should be remembered for the long and very full life she led, and the lives she touched with her wonderful smile."

The money will be returned to Edith’s estate.

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