A WOMAN who conned a dying patient by stealing a bank card must pay compensation.

Ann Hughes fleeced victim Vaughan Lilley by stealing his bank card and using it more than 100 times.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court the 46-year-old admitted fraud and theft, but was spared an immediate jail term.

Hughes, of Limbrick Lane, Goring, took more than £1,000 and was ordered to repay it. Court documents said she “abused the trust” of a “vulnerable victim, a dying man”.

She was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and was given a 16-week suspended prison sentence.

The court noted that she has a good chance of being rehabilitated and is a carer for her husband.