Hospital cleaner jailed for stealing items from dead patients

A general view of Peterborough Crown Court in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
A general view of Peterborough Crown Court in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire Police said Erika Pusnyte, 32, was sentenced to five months in prison

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Erika Pusnyte, 32, was caught stealing from dead patients after staff at the Cavell Centre in Peterborough noticed items going missing from the hospital and from patients last year, Cambridgeshire Police said.

This included medical supplies, drugs, and bank cards.

Police attended to take statements from staff, and after Pusnyte started to act suspiciously she was searched.

Pusnyte was sentenced on Tuesday at Peterborough Crown Court
Pusnyte was sentenced on Tuesday at Peterborough Crown Court

She was found to be in possession of amphetamines and a stolen bank card, and during the investigation it was found she had taken several items from patients who had died, police said.

Pusnyte, of Taverners Road, Peterborough, admitted six counts of theft, fraud by false representation and possession of a class B drug, Cambridgeshire Police said.

The contracted cleaner was sentenced on Tuesday at Peterborough Crown Court to five months in prison, the force said.

Pc Malachi Creedon said: “Pusnyte abused her position of trust while working at the hospital site.

"Not only were her actions morally wrong but also constituted several serious offences against vulnerable victims.”