Carer stole bank cards from dying cancer patient then went on clothes spending spree

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COMPOSITE IMAGE - Rebecca Ellis (L) using the stolen bank card to buy biscuits (R).  A care assistant has been jailed for stealing bank cards from a dying patient and going on a spending spree while he lay terminally ill in hospital.  See SWNS story SWMDcarer.  Rebecca Ellis stole two debit cards from cancer patient Fred Bromley when he was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 20 February 2020.  Hours later she used one of the contactless cards to buy biscuits at an on-site WHSmith shop within the QE.  And after that “test purchase” succeeded she went on to use them at various stores plus ordered £126 worth of clothes from Dorothy Perkins online.  Mr Bromley’s daughter noticed the cards had vanished and cancelled them on 24 February but not before Ellis had taken a large amount of money from her dad’s accounts.  Birmingham Magistrates Court heard Ellis stole them from Mr Bromley’s overnight bag in the A&E department after he was admitted to hospital due to a cancerous hip joint dislocating.
Rebecca Ellis stole bank cards from cancer patient Fred Bromley when he was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham then went on a spending spree. (SWNS)

A carer has been jailed after stealing bank cards from a cancer patient then going on a shopping spree as he lay dying in hospital.

Rebecca Ellis, 49, stole two debit cards from former police inspector Fred Bromley after he was admitted to hospital due to a dislocated hip relating to cancer in February 2020.

The care assistant tried a 'test purchase' of biscuits at an on-site WHSmith shop at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital then went on to go on a spree, including buying £126 worth of clothes and handbags from Dorothy Perkins online.

Ellis was caught on CCTV using the cards - despite not having an account of her own with the bank. (SWNS)
Ellis was caught on CCTV using the cards - despite not having an account of her own with the bank. (SWNS)

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Bromley's daughter noticed his cards had vanished and cancelled them, but not before Ellis had plundered money from his accounts.

The former West Midlands Police Inspector died, aged 66, shortly after the offences had taken place following his battle with hip cancer.

Ellis had denied theft and fraud but was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court and jailed for nine months at the city’s crown court.

FILE PICTURE - GV of the A&E department at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  A care assistant has been jailed for stealing bank cards from a dying patient and going on a spending spree while he lay terminally ill in hospital.  See SWNS story SWMDcarer.  Rebecca Ellis stole two debit cards from cancer patient Fred Bromley when he was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 20 February 2020.  Hours later she used one of the contactless cards to buy biscuits at an on-site WHSmith shop within the QE.  And after that “test purchase” succeeded she went on to use them at various stores plus ordered £126 worth of clothes from Dorothy Perkins online.  Mr Bromley’s daughter noticed the cards had vanished and cancelled them on 24 February but not before Ellis had taken a large amount of money from her dad’s accounts.  Birmingham Magistrates Court heard Ellis stole them from Mr Bromley’s overnight bag in the A&E department after he was admitted to hospital due to a cancerous hip joint disl
Bromley had been admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in February 2020 due to a cancerous hip joint dislocation. (SWNS)

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The court heard she stole the cards from Bromley’s overnight bag in the A&E department after he was admitted to hospital.

Ellis was arrested on 13 August at home in Smethwick, West Midlands, on suspicion of theft and fraud.

In a police interview, she refused to answer any of the 100-plus questions put to her, including how she used a Nationwide card despite never having held an account with the bank.

Detective Constable Mark Bates, of West Midlands Police, said: "This is a despicable and cowardly act bought about by greed and the total disregard for the suffering of Mr Bromley in his final weeks.

"Mr Bromley, on finding out he was a victim of fraud, was upset and disheartened as he trusted the staff at the QE Hospital.

"Mr Bromley died not long after the offence. His daughter Anna is quite rightly disgusted by the actions of Ms Ellis and welcomes the prosecution."

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