Care workers sentenced for the ill treatment of a 95 year old blind woman with dementia

28/09/2017

Two young care workers at a Macclesfield care home have been sentenced for their ill-treatment of a blind 95 year old woman who suffers from dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and is unable to walk.

Chester Crown Court heard that Piotr Ciecielowski, 26, and Pedro Dias, 21, were employed at Prestbury House Care Home in Macclesfield. Both men pleaded guilty to a charge of ill-treatment by a care worker and have been sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid community work.

They must also pay some compensation to the victim.

The resident’s daughter had become concerned about her mother’s treatment at the home after she noticed bruising to her wrists and head.

She raised her concerns with staff at the home and was dissatisfied with the explanations given.

She  installed a hidden camera in her mother’s room and it caught an incident where the two defendants verbally abused her mother, swore at her, and one actually slapped her to the side of the face before roughly pulling her from her bedside wheelchair and putting her onto her bed. Her audible cries for help went ignored.

The victim’s daughter later downloaded the footage and went straight to the police. It was distressing, yet powerful, evidence.

Both men pleaded guilty to a charge of ill-treatment by a care worker and have been sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid community work.

They must also pay some compensation to the victim.

Peter Hussey, Crown Advocate with Mersey Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: “This was a disturbing case of ill treatment of a particularly vulnerable old person by two young men who were employed by the residential home to care for her.

“The victim’s daughter was terribly upset to discover that her mother was being treated in this way at a place where she thought she was safe.

“The Crown Prosecution Service would like to thank her for her determination to find out the truth and to trigger this prosecution. It is also worthy of note that the Care Home has now been subjected to an inspection by the Care Quality Commission and recently-published findings have highlighted inadequacies which it is now required to address.”