Carer convicted of neglect - Olney, Bucks

28/08/2013

A carer, who was caught by managers neglecting 19 vulnerable adults, has today, Wednesday, 28 August 2013, been convicted at Aylesbury Crown Court of 19 offences of neglect.

Henretta Offae, aged 41, of St Chad's Road, Derby, was found guilty of 19 counts of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity following a re-trial.

The offences relate to residents at the Westlands Residential Home in High Street, Olney, Bucks, where Offae was working as a carer at the time.

At 3am on 18 August 2011, Offae was found asleep in an armchair by a manager while she was supposed to be caring for the 19 residents at the home, which specialises in looking after vulnerable adults with dementia.

After she was caught, it was discovered that residents' alarms had been disabled, some had two or three incontinence pads on, and no paperwork had been completed for the five hours she had worked, indicating no care had been administered.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Offae was in a privileged position and was supposed to care for and protect the vulnerable and elderly people in her care. She did the opposite by cruelly neglecting them and putting their health and lives at risk.

"The police investigation showed that Westlands Residential Home was a professionally run home that promoted good working practices. It also showed that this atrocious behaviour was not indicative of the rest of the staff at the home.

"I would like to thank all the witnesses who gave evidence and enabled us to build a case against Offae.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved.  I hope that the conviction offers some comfort to the victims and their families.  My thoughts are with them at this time."

Offae will be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court tomorrow, Thursday, 29 August 2013.