Escort, 45, stole guitar and iPhone from a disabled client

A former social worker stole from a disabled man after quitting her job to become an escort.

Mother-of-three Michelle Kershaw, 45, from Mossley in Greater Manchester, grabbed a guitar, synthesiser and iPhone from Derek Ackerley whilst he was being treated in hospital for brittle bone disease.

She had previously worked for social services but after joining an escort agency to make extra money she met the 55-year old victim when he hired her go on a date with him.

Kershaw later agreed to act as carer for Mr Ackerley but was seen to take his stuff from his flat in Urmston and she cashed in her £1,600 haul at a pawnbrokers shop.

Mother-of-three Michelle Kershaw, 45, from Mossley in Greater Manchester, grabbed a guitar, synthesiser and iPhone from Derek Ackerley whilst he was being treated in hospital for brittle bone disease

Mother-of-three Michelle Kershaw, 45, from Mossley in Greater Manchester, grabbed a guitar, synthesiser and iPhone from Derek Ackerley whilst he was being treated in hospital for brittle bone disease

She had previously worked for social services but after joining an escort agency to make extra money she met the 55-year old victim when he hired her go on a date with him

She had previously worked for social services but after joining an escort agency to make extra money she met the 55-year old victim when he hired her go on a date with him

She falsely claimed the stolen items were gifts given to her by the victim. It emerged she had an addiction to painkilling tablets.

At Manchester Magistrates' Court, prosecutor, James Gore said: 'The complainant finds it difficult to get around and he contacted Miss Kershaw through an escort agency in June 2016. 

'In July the defendant then undertook some care duties for him. Mr Ackerley was in hospital and his father was looking after the flat when he saw the defendant removing some items.

'Those items were then taken to cash converter and she pawned them for cash.'

In mitigation, Kerhsaw's lawyer Liz Ridgeway said: 'This is an extremely difficult set of circumstances, especially as this is the first time the defendant has been before the court before.

'She has no previous convictions and her life had been going reasonably well before it took a downturn. She worked as a social care worker for the social services, has has lots of qualifications, she has done well in school and college.

'But sadly her sister was diagnosed with bone cancer and she had to leave her job to look after her. 

'She was receiving

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