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Caregiver steals from 98-year-old, goes free

TT/Rebecca Martin · 30 Sep 2011, 09:12

Published: 30 Sep 2011 09:12 GMT+02:00

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“The purse was lying in the same position it always did and if it had been the woman’s own money, they would have been stolen just the same,” said Maigreth Mellgren of the police, to local paper Göteborgsposten (GP).

In December last year a woman reported that she thought notes were being pilfered out of her 98-year-old mother’s purse. Suspicions were aimed at a caregiver, who regularly visited the old woman’s home to help her with everyday chores.

Police took the controversial decision to plant 600 kronor ($87), in one hundred kronor notes, in the nonagenarian’s wallet.

When the caregiver next visited, a police patrol was waiting further down the road, according to GP.

The suspicions turned out to be true, five of the six notes were found on the caregiver’s person.

However, the district court in Uddevalla ruled that police had no right to act as they did, and that the woman would never have stolen the money, should she have known it belonged to the police.

She could therefore not be charged with intentional theft from the police, which was the charge that the prosecutor had demanded.

Furthermore, the district court wrote in their ruling that a fair trial against the woman must be seen as undermined due to the police’s actions.

The court wrote that the charged maid probably did take money from the old lady without leave. Her own explanation; that the old lady had asked her to purchase “orange cordial, fruit and bread” with the 500 kronor, the court dismissed as “not very convincing”.

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But despite this, the woman was freed from all charges.

“It is a very fine line between evidence and entrapment and perhaps we must be even more careful now, “ Mellgren told GP.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:08 September 30, 2011 by Da Goat
silly police let her off on a technicality!
10:45 September 30, 2011 by Abe L
This is so absurd. Stealing from the elderly, especially those requiring care should be punished even harder!

It makes no difference wether the individual would not have stolen the money if it had not belonged to the police. It's irrelevant who the money belongs to, it's relevant that she committed theft.

Really wish the police would stand up harder against these kinds of crime. This is much worse then other things that do get an absurd amount of time and resources assigned for resolution.
10:54 September 30, 2011 by Tennin
She stole the money, it doesn't matter who it belonged to. It wasn't hers to begin with but she took it with her.
10:55 September 30, 2011 by voiceofreason
Didn't someone say the lay is an ass (it is blind and stupid)
11:16 September 30, 2011 by hjoian
She should still be done for theft, and the police should be done for being complete idiots! Whos policing the police?
11:38 September 30, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
And what sort of message does this send to all the other thieving caregivers? It's open season on the defenseless, very elderly citizens.
11:40 September 30, 2011 by ?????
"intentional theft from the police, which was the charge" !!!!!!

I mean...who thought that this would work? Can IQ come in negative numbers? I guess it can!
11:47 September 30, 2011 by jacquelinee
As we have seen so often in the Swedish news. What you are not allowed by law to do to a person or even an animal is just fine to do to the elderly. Abuse, neglect, theft ....it's all good. The "scare givers" will maybe get an extra fully paid vacation (oops, I mean suspension) and then be put right back where they were and Maeia Larsson, our very concerned government minister to the elderly, will say her usual "This is unfortunate and we are looking into it." BAWK" Polly want a cracker! Óf course, we would probably have better luck with a REAL parrot, because nothing, nothing, nothing will be done!

Quote- "However, the district court in Uddevalla ruled that police had no right to act as they did, and that the woman would never have stolen the money, should she have known it belonged to the police. "

Are you kidding me? What imbecile made that statement? The police had no right to try to catch this poor excuse for a human being who would rob an old lady, and it was wrong if they stole the "police" money, but the same "scare giver" obviously had every right to steal from the old lady if it was HER money, So, the thief is free of all charges and, undoubtedly back working in the same place, with the same woman.

At the risk of myself sounding like a parrot, I will post my comment that is made at least twice a week.

Welcome to Sweden where our National motto is " No accountablity and no consequences"
11:49 September 30, 2011 by Central European
Seems me that europeans courts use some secret but systematic method how to make wrong conclusions on clear facts and push the law far off its meaning.

The court´s conlusion was plain wrong.

How long time ago there was an article about the punishments of eldery peoples by swedish nurses ? Were the nurses fired ? No way, they have their rights too ! Huh! They use the unions to keep their job places!
12:46 September 30, 2011 by DAVID T
The main problem is the wages paid to these people - if you pay peanuts you will get monkeys - there's only a certain sort of person prepared to work for such low wages - the company's that pay these people make a fortune but put the elderly at risk
13:29 September 30, 2011 by GLO
This is another Sweden nut case.....
13:38 September 30, 2011 by Tysknaden
Skammen! This "cargiver" name should become published. Plus photograph. This would be the right punishment.
15:06 September 30, 2011 by Grokh
wait.... entrapment? so if you steal something its entrapment if they left it there on purpose for you to steal?

ITS STILL STEALING.... dont want to get entraped THEN DONT STEAL -_-x .

thats just play retarded.
16:06 September 30, 2011 by Decedo
Wow, how messed up is the legal system. I guess the next news we'll hear is how the 'caregiver' was given lost wages and a little extra for all the mental distress.
20:31 September 30, 2011 by RobinHood
The police messed it up. Why didn't they just let the old lady use 500 crowns of her own money as bait? They really should know this sort of stuff.
20:34 September 30, 2011 by Bigbunny
That is NOT entrapment. Simply outrageous!
20:53 September 30, 2011 by LonelyLove
Sweden: this is why the world is laughing at you.
23:15 September 30, 2011 by dibble
I thought such pathetic decisions only happened in Britain. You couldn't make it up.
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