Carer who used disabled man’s bank account for online shopping sprees skips court

Kayleigh Eaves, 28, used disabled man’s bank account for shameless online shopping sprees

An arrest warrant was issued today for a carer who used a disabled man’s bank account for shameless online shopping sprees.

Kayleigh Eaves befriended Wavertree couple Philip and Karen Crosby through their shared interest in Husky dogs and animal charities.

But she betrayed their trust by stealing nearly £1,000 from Mr Crosby, an ex-radiographer requiring full-time care after suffering a brain injury.

The 29-year-old was caught out when Mrs Crosby discovered she had been stuffing shopping catalogue invoices down the back of their sofa.

Eaves was spared jail last June, when a judge handed her four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, plus 120 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecutors today revealed she had completed just 36 hours of the community service and decided not to turn up at Liverpool Crown Court.

Ken Grant, prosecuting, said: “The reality of the situation is that there has been failure by Miss Eaves to engage with the process.”

The court heard she admitted breaching the suspended sentence on July 19 and was remanded on bail to an address in Riverside, Preston.

But the conniving thief, formerly of Old Liverpool Road, Warrington, was not present for sentencing before Judge Rachel Smith this morning.

John Rowan, defending, confirmed Eaves had been made aware of the date, but said he had not heard from her since her last appearance.

Judge Smith, who previously handed down Eaves’ sentence, which included a £228 compensation order, then issued a bench warrant.

Under the terms of the sentence, Eaves also had to attend a rehabilitation activity course and comply with a 12-month restraining order.

Last year the court heard the couple had regarded her as a “family friend” and asked her to help Mr Crosby with everyday tasks.

Despite claiming “it was all a mistake”, she had spent £730 with online retailers Simply Be, JD Williams and Marisota, using the couple’s names.

Eaves ordered a £199 Asus laptop, £157 of items including a £50 Android tablet and £374 of gifts such as a Sat Nav device, jeans and camera.

She had used Mr Crosby’s Santander bank account to order a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and set up direct debits billing him £228 for its use.

The couple also agreed to let Eaves use their Nissan Primera car, after she assured them she would arrange her own insurance.

But after she was involved in a crash in Wrexham, Mr Crosby received a letter from a firm suggesting Mrs Crosby had been at the wheel and was seeking compensation.

Mrs Crosby told the court: “I don’t know why she did this to us. It was a bad time in our lives. I now feel like I can’t trust anybody.”

Eaves admitted four counts of fraud, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. She has a previous caution for theft in 2006.


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