Essex

CPS East of England statement on Old Deanery Care Home case

15/01/2016

CPS East of England District Crown Prosecutor Doug Mackay said: ďAllegations of abuse or ill treatment of residents in care homes are taken extremely seriously by the CPS, as the victims, who are often elderly, are among the most vulnerable in our society.

"The three defendants - Adeshola Adediwura, Lorna Clark, and Anita Ray - denied the allegations against them and we prepared for a trial which was due to start on 11 January 2016. The trial did not open on that day because of a delay over defence expert witness reports.

"We were then approached by the defence and offered pleas to the charges of common assault of Florence Joan Maddison, then aged 82. We discussed these proposed pleas with her family and after hearing their views, told the defence that these pleas were acceptable.

"When a loved one is admitted into a care home, their family trusts the staff to look after them and treat them with respect. By their guilty pleas, these three women have shown that they assaulted Mrs Maddison and betrayed the trust placed in them by her family.

"Many care home workers carry out a difficult and responsible job in a professional manner but where there is sufficient evidence of criminal behaviour by an individual then prosecuting them will usually be in the public interest, given the breach of trust against vulnerable members of society."