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Paramedic steals from Heart Attack Victim, faces Jail

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 17, 2007 in Crime
A treating Paramedic steals bank cards from an heart attack victim faces prison.
A PARAMEDIC faced jail last night after stealing bank cards from a heart attack victim and withdrawing £500.
David Denbow, 65, collapsed in his garden in Sandiacre, Derbys, last June. The Paramedics were called to as soon as he collapsed. One of the Paramedics David Wright, 50, took the dead man's wallet and saw a piece of paper with a PIN (security) code and three bank cards. He took those bank cards and left the wallet back.
He was caught on bank's CCTV camera tape and was found wearing his Paramedic's uniform and withdrew £500 from David Denbow's bank account. It seems he spend it on food, bought £200 MP3 player for his wife and £160 for a school trip.
After this theft was uncovered, the Police had a suspicion that the death of David Denbow might be suspicious. So the cops had to reexamine the body, but they found the death was natural and not due to David Wright's influence. Wright however admitted theft and also to another earlier theft £40 from another patient in January 2005.
Prosecutor Steven Gosnell said: “Anyone who attends on the scene as a paramedic is to be trusted by society. This was a gross breach of trust.”
He was fired from his job at East Midlands Ambulance Service after he was arrested.
Judge Abbas Mithani approved a bail for Wright for now, but said a jail term for him is likely in the future and that he will be sentenced next month of May.
I just hope it is an isolated case, but there must be lots of good paramedics who work hard.
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