Carer jailed for stealing from his paralysed ward

A PROFESSIONAL carer has been jailed for stealing from a disabled person he was looking after.

Tichaona Makaka, 30, stole his ward’s bank details and spent the money on pizzas, and repairing and insuring his car – despite being disqualified from driving.

According to Manchester Evening News (MEN), Manchester Crown Court handed Makaka 18 weeks in Jail after he pleaded guilt to four counts of fraud.

Judge Andrew Blake told Makaka he had grossly breached Michael Schofield’s trust and said it was that he would unlikely to work in the field again.

Mr Schofield, who is 42 and from Harpurhey, is paralysed from the neck down and has schizophrenia. He receives funding from Manchester City Council for care and also receives benefits.

Makaka, a fully qualified carer from Wythenshawe, stole part this money from a bank account which his victim’s father David Schofield had set up so carers could do essential shopping for his son.

It was David who noticed the suspect transactions in February after the family had privately employed Makaka for 10 months.

Upon arrest, Makaka admitted stealing £245.61 for which he was given 12 weeks in jail.

He was ordered to serve a further six weeks for breaking the conditions of an earlier suspended sentence.

MEN reports that Judge Blake told Makaka: “I know that carers don’t get paid very much, but the trust which is reposed in them is considerable. What you have done is a gross breach of trust.

“The money is not enormous but had you not been stopped it may have gone on for some considerable time.”


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