Workington care home worker guilty of ill-treating elderly
Last updated at 13:52, Friday, 11 November 2011
A former Workington care home worker has been found guilty of ill-treating two residents.
Kimberley Walker, 24, from Newlands Lane South, Workington, was today found guilty of the ill treatment of two elderly vulnerable people whilst working at Amathea Care home in Workington in December 2010.
She will be sentenced on December 6.
Detective Sergeant Adrian Gidney, of Cumbria police's public protection unit, said: "We are pleased with the outcome of this trial both for the victims and their families and it shows our commitment to work with other agencies to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
"Our elderly and vulnerable relatives and friends have the right to live in the knowledge they will be looked after in a caring and appropriate way by people who are paid to do so and the vast majority of carers provide an excellent and caring service.
"However, when carers mistreat or neglect those who lack the capacity to look after themselves, the public and other care workers should have the confidence to report such matters to the police or adult services in the knowledge that reports will be thoroughly investigated.
"The result today reflects the determination by officers to bring these people to justice."
Linda Vance, District Crown Prosecutor for North Cumbria CPS said: “This was a very disturbing case.
"Kimberley Walker has today been found guilty of two serious offences against elderly patients who were in her care.
"She was in a position of trust and responsibility and abused that position in a terrible way.
"Instead of caring for these two vulnerable, elderly patients when they were in pain and needed help, as she was employed to do, she ill-treated them in view of other members of staff.
“Her actions were callous and difficult to believe. They are likely to have caused distress to the patients themselves and it has been distressing for their families to hear about them.
"In finding her guilty today, the jury have agreed with the prosecution case that her wilful ill-treatment of these elderly patients was criminal."
First published at 13:37, Friday, 11 November 2011
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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