Carer from Maidenhead given a community order for GBH

14/10/2011

A Maidenhead woman who caused grievous bodily harm to a woman in her care has today been sentenced.

Grace Whati, aged 50, of North Town Road, Maidenhead, appeared before Reading Crown Court today, 14 October, where she was given an 18-month community order with the direction to work 250 hours in the community. She has also been ordered to pay £1,500 compensation to the victim and £500 toward court costs.

On the evening of 16 March 201, a woman in her twenties sustained serious burns to her lower body in a bath tub, while in the care of Whati. The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence during an earlier hearing on 12 October.

CPS prosecutor Nilam Salh, from the Reading office, said: 'Ms Whati worked as a professional care worker in rented, supported accommodation, where she was entrusted with the care of vulnerable adults. On 16 March last year she acted in a reckless manner whilst bathing a resident, and caused pain and suffering to the victim, a vulnerable young woman with severe learning difficulties.

'Ms Whati, a trained professional, denied her actions but pleaded guilty on the first day of her trial. She has now been brought back before the courts and sentenced for this terrible wrongdoing. I hope that this now enables the victim's family to put this ordeal behind them.'