A bank card belonging to a 94-year-old woman resident in a care home was taken by a worker there and used 27 times, a court heard.

Jill Rheade, 58, of Cottage Lane, St Martin's, Oswestry, pleaded guilty to obtaining £556 by fraud during 13 days in May and magistrates decided the case should be heard at crown court.

Diane Williams, prosecuting at Llandudno Magistrates Court, said Rheade was a laundry assistant at the Llangollen Fechan home at Llangollen. The defendant had told police she saw the card in a resident's bag and "temptation got the better of her."

The gravity of the case was that the victim was vulnerable and the defendant in a position of trust.

Richard Williams, defending, said Rheade had a housing debt of £14,000 and had not targeted the victim but had gone into her room, seen the card, "and in a moment of madness took it."

She had used it for transactions under £30 on day to day items. Rheade had worked at the 47-room home for three years.

She'd cut up the card and confessed to her manager and police were called. "It's a serious matter and she acknowledges that," he added.

She had lost her job and was seeking another.

Court chairman David Subbachi said the case would be sent to Mold Crown Court on August 29, and Rheade was bailed.