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Jail for 'carer' who bullied elderly residents

09/03/2012

A care worker has been sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted of ill-treating six elderly residents.

The terrorised residents were unable to tell family or friends of their ordeals because they all suffered from dementia.

Jeanette Judge, 32, inflicted a catalogue of abuse on people in her care  including dragging two women along a corridor, grabbing one lady so roughly she banged her head on a bedstead. One woman was sat on while Judge administered eye drops. She also screamed at residents, forcing them to take their medication by prising open their mouths, the jury at Chester Crown Court was told.

Mrs Judge, a senior carer at Ferndale Mews Care Home in Ditton, Widnes, Cheshire, had denied the abuse during the five-day trial.  But the jury took just over an hour to unanimously return guilty verdicts on all six offences of ill treatment.

Geoffrey Fryar, Senior District Crown Prosecutor and head of CPS Mersey-Cheshire Crown Court unit, said: "Judge was in a privileged position and was supposed to protect the people in her care. She did the opposite and cruelly abused her victims in the most abhorrent of ways.

"We would like to thank all the witnesses who offered their evidence and enabled us to build a case against Judge."

The victims were said to be scared of Judge, but couldnt articulate their fears because they had Alzheimer's.

Mrs Judge, a carer for 16 years, denied the abuse. She was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.

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