A nurse stole a deceased patient’s bank card to buy chips

A nurse working in a covid ward received a prison sentence for using a deceased patient’s bank card to buy chips, drinks and sweets from a vending machine on the hospital grounds.

Источник: West Midlands Police

Ayesha Basharat, 23, took the card from an 83-year-old woman who passed away at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

The doctor recorded the time of death at 1:56 pm on January 24, but just 17 minutes later, Basharat made six purchases, each worth £ 1, using a contactless payment system.

Источник: West Midlands Police

In the evening, she made another £ 1 purchase, and four days later, returning to work, she tried to do it twice more, but by that time the card had already been canceled by the family of the deceased woman.

Basharat was arrested during her shift on January 28 in the first ward, she still had a patient’s card with her.

She first told the police that she found the card on the floor and confused it with her own card when she had to pay for chips and sweets.

Basharat appeared in court on Wednesday, where she confessed to stealing and providing false information. She was sentenced to two five months in prison with 18 months’ suspension.

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