COUNTY NEWS: Hospital nurse admits stealing Rolex from dying patient

Portsmouth Crown Court GV

Joseph Miller, arrives at Portsmouth Crown Court today 11-7-16, aged 40, of Barnham Lane, Walberton, West Sussex is charged with theft of a Rolex watch form a dying patient in A&E at St Richards Hospital Chichester
Portsmouth Crown Court GV Joseph Miller, arrives at Portsmouth Crown Court today 11-7-16, aged 40, of Barnham Lane, Walberton, West Sussex is charged with theft of a Rolex watch form a dying patient in A&E at St Richards Hospital Chichester

A clinical nursing manager has admitted stealing a family heirloom from a dying patient at a Sussex hospital

Joseph Miller, 40, stole the silver Submariner Rolex watch worth £5,000 from 68-year-old David Davis, who died shortly after arriving at St Richard’s in Chichester.

Joseph Miller, arrives at Portsmouth Crown Court today 11-7-16, aged 40, of Barnham Lane, Walberton, West Sussex is charged with theft of a Rolex watch form a dying patient in A&E at St Richards Hospital Chichester

Joseph Miller, arrives at Portsmouth Crown Court today 11-7-16, aged 40, of Barnham Lane, Walberton, West Sussex is charged with theft of a Rolex watch form a dying patient in A&E at St Richards Hospital Chichester

He appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on July 11 and pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Police said the watch was reported missing on August 7 in 2014 after it disappeared while Mr Davis was being attended to in accident and emergency.

The watch was located locally 18 months later and reunited with the owner’s son Jon.

Miller, of Barnham Lane, Walberton, will be sentenced on August 9.

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