Dental nurse struck off for farming drugs

A dental nurse has been struck off the GDC register for her part in running a cannabis factory in a crime spree that spanned seven convictions.

Her offences included burglary, damaging property, shoplifting, several car crimes and the aiding and abetting of the production of cannabis.

Sarah Haynes, who had already been sacked from Waterthorpe Dental Surgery in Sheffield, was struck off by a GDC panel this week.

She was not present at the hearing.

Sarah Haynes’ criminal record involved a total of seven convictions, starting in September 2008 when she burgled a house, stealing 22 CDs and an X-box game.

She was sentenced to a 12 weeks’ jail suspended for 12 months, with a four-month tagged curfew.

She then committed a series of motoring offences, including aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and driving without a licence or insurance.

She was banned at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, and put on probation.

As a result of breaching her earlier suspended sentence, she was also told to undertake an ‘advanced thinking skills programme’.

But she breached her suspended sentence again a year later by stealing six Julian McDonald designer purses worth £102 from Debenhams.

This year, she was handed a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and a training requirement after she admitted aiding and abetting the production of cannabis.

Sarah Haynes had told her employers of some of her previous convictions, but not of her more recent driving and shoplifting offences which saw her breach her suspended sentence.

The committee upheld charges that while a registered dental nurse, Haynes had been sentenced for burglary, theft, using a motor vehicle without insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, failing to stop at the scene of a road accident, aggravated vehicle taking and property damage, breaching a suspended sentence, shoplifting and aiding and abetting the production of a Class B drug.

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