Trio who targeted elderly exposed

Callous carer Scott MacGregor. Picture: Contributed

Callous carer Scott MacGregor. Picture: Contributed

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A callous trio who cheated or mistreated frail pensioners who trusted them have been exposed today.

Former councillor Gordon Beurskens drained £77,500 from a couple in their 80s to fund his lavish lifestyle, which included trips to the Ritz Hotel in London.

Whitburn councillor Gordon Beurskens.

Whitburn councillor Gordon Beurskens.

Care worker Scott MacGregor, 42, was caught red-handed on a hidden camera fleecing £40 from a dying man who trusted him.

And Morag Pacey, another care worker, restrained a “distressed” elderly woman and forced her to have a haircut against her will.

All three shameful episodes have come to light in just one day. A sheriff has deferred sentence on ex-councillor Beurskins, while MacGregor avoided jail after being ordered to carry out 135 hours of unpaid work.

Ms Pacey, who has since retired, received a two-year suspension order from care watchdogs.

Morgan Pacey. Picture: Jon Savage

Morgan Pacey. Picture: Jon Savage

An Age Scotland spokesman said the cases were a “shocking reminder of risks faced by many”.

“The most insidious problems are where someone is exploited by another whom they know and trust. Older people may be embarrassed that they have been abused or exploited, or believe that it is their own fault. If you know about or suspect abuse, tell someone who is able to help, such as your GP or another health worker.”

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