Three charged in Bridgend hospital investigation

19/06/2014

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised South Wales Police to charge three people, as part of an investigation into alleged offences committed at a hospital in Bridgend.

Catrin Evans, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service's Wales Complex Casework Unit, said:

"This is a complex and ongoing police investigation, involving a number of potential suspects and alleged offences.

"I have carefully reviewed the evidence gathered to date by South Wales Police and concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Rebecca Jones, Clare Cahill and Lauro Bertulano with two offences of wilful neglect, contrary to Section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

"May I remind all concerned that all three defendants have a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

The three defendants are due to appear before Bridgend Magistrates' Court on 28 July.

Details of Section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 can be found at:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/section/44