AN IPSWICH carer stole more than $1000 from his disabled client’s bank accounts after the man had died.
William Thomas Jarvis had been caring for paraplegic man Clinton Michael Rae when Mr Rae, 37, died on June 26 last year.
Jarvis took Mr Rae’s bank card before handing over his wallet to the deceased’s grieving mother.
Then just two days after Mr Rae’s death, Jarvis withdrew $700 and then $500 from his account.
On June 30, Jarvis withdrew another $140 from Mr Rae’s bank account.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Mr Rae had been on a disability support pension and Jarvis had been receiving a carer’s pension for looking after him.
Jarvis told police he “didn’t mean to” steal the money but he was “going through a hard time” after Mr Rae’s death.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of stealing.
Jarvis, 40, has a history of dishonesty offences and was jailed between 2001 and 2007 for a serious armed robbery.
Defence lawyer Stuart Wills said Jarvis was friends with Mr Rae and moved in with him as his carer after being released from prison.
“My client needed to use Mr Rae’s credit cards to pay various bills,” Mr Wills said.
“He essentially used $350 to pay off various bills such as the rent and electricity.”
Mr Wills said Jarvis had stayed out of trouble since 2001 and had tried to turn his life around.
“He unfortunately went down the wrong path and got involved in drugs, eventually resulting in the armed robbery which he was imprisoned for,” Mr Wills said.
“Since that he has tried very hard to turn his life around including becoming the carer for his friend.
“My client didn’t spend any of this money on drugs.”
Mr Wills said his client deeply regretted the offences and was grieving his friend’s death.
He tentatively ventured Jarvis could receive a good behaviour bond.
But the suggestion met with fiery disapproval from Magistrate Virginia Sturgess.
“I beg your pardon? A good behaviour bond?” Ms Sturgess asked.
Jarvis was sentenced to four months jail which was wholly suspended for 18 months.
He was ordered to repay $1340 to Mr Rae’s estate within six months.
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