A MANAGER at a Gwent care home stole more than £1,300 from a patient she was looking after, a court heard.

Kelly Davies, 35, of Greenhill Place, Hengoed, took the money from the patient while working in a managerial position at the Cwm Hyfryd care home in Severn Road, Pontllanfraith.

Davies appeared at Newport Crown Court, where she admitted eight counts of theft from the patient between March 2010 and June 2011.

She pleaded guilty to each offence, which involved her taking amounts of £140, £500, £7, £470, £40, £20, £40 and £100 on separate occasions.

Davies was charged with two other offences, that she pleaded not guilty to. There was a charge of false accounting, that between January 2010 and June 2011 she falsely filled in documents about the patient’s expenditure.

She also denied a charge of witness intimidation between June and July 2012. This was that she sent a menacing email to Liam Price, knowing he was a witness in the proceedings, claiming to be someone else. This was aimed at intimidating him.

Prosecutor Ieuan Bennett said that guilty pleas to the first eight charges were acceptable for means of sentencing and the last two charges would lie on file.

He said: “Ms Davies was in a managerial position at the care home in Blackwood and she has pleaded guilty to the theft of more than £1,000. This was taken over of a year and the counts show the totality taken from the patient at the care home.”

Judge Rhys Rowlands granted Davies bail before she is sentenced on October 30, but warned her that it was a “serious” crime and all options remained open, including prison.