Ex-West Cumbrian care worker jailed for neglecting elderly
Published at 11:28, Monday, 12 December 2011
A care worker accused of ill-treating two elderly women at a Workington residential home has been sent to prison for 12 months.
Kimberley Walker, 24, of Newlands Lane South, Workington, denied two charges of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacked capacity because of dementia while working at the Amathea care home in Newlands Lane, Workington.
The prosecution said she pulled a fleece tightly over Cilla Robson’s face and pushed a pillow into the face of Hilda Kingscote.
Detective Constable James Bailey, of Cumbria police, was the investigating officer in the case.
He said: “The sentence which has been imposed on Walker is one that reflects the grave nature of the offences for which she was found guilty.
“Her actions were criminal, callous and committed against vulnerable, elderly people.
“Walker abused both the victims and her position, bringing shame on a profession dedicated to caring for others.
“Vulnerable people, such as the victims in this case, should be able to feel safe and protected in which ever environment they reside and should not need to fear those who are paid to ensure their wellbeing.
“These cases are rare in Cumbria, but this incident highlighted the robust multi-agency procedures which are in place to safe-guard the most vulnerable members of our community.”
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