Woman appears in court charged with neglect - Luton


A woman council driver appeared in court today, Wednesday, 08 August 2012, after an elderly woman with dementia was left overnight on a minibus.

Susan McLaughlin, 43, was arrested after 87-year-old Joan Cook spent the night on the bus at a depot in Luton on 02 May.

She had been collected from the Hockwell Ring Day Centre in the town and should have been dropped off at her flat at the Jill Jenkins Court Care Home.

In total, Mrs Cook spent 14-hours on the bus, most of it at the Kingsway Court Depot, where she was discovered at 7 o'clock the next morning by another driver.

McLaughlin, of Brunel Road, Luton, had been charged with neglect, contrary to Section 4 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

She is alleged to have signed off sheets indicating that she dropped off Mrs Cook.

The case was adjourned by Luton Magistrates until 22 August.

McLaughlin was granted bail.

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