Nurse who stole €30,000 from patient avoids jail
A nurse who stole over €30,000 in cheques from a dying patient has escaped jail, but a judge said she "had put her hand into the pocket of a dying lady".
Doreen Appleby (59) was given a suspended two-year sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Appleby, of Carrickmore Gardens, Saggart, Co Dublin, worked as a night nurse with the Irish Cancer Society and was caring for Bernadette Monaghan hours before she passed away.
She pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing cheques from Ms Monaghan and her husband, Hugh, at their house on Mount Anville Road, Goatstown, between February 10 and 13, 2007.
The court heard that Appleby finished her shift two hours before Ms Monaghan passed away.
Shortly beforehand, Ms Monaghan had received a cheque from ACC bank for €19,990. When she passed away, her daughter noticed the cheque was missing.
Although the cheque could only be paid into the late Ms Monaghan's account, the bank later told the family there had been an error and the cheque had been paid into a post office account in Tallaght.
At the same time Mr Monaghan discovered another cheque for €7,050 had been forged in his name and paid into the account, which was traced back to Appleby. A search of her home revealed another cheque for €5,000 that had been stolen from the house.
Appleby was interviewed and made immediate admissions to gardai.