Carer found guilty of ill-treatment of dementia patients


Agneszkia Sztokmanska, 45, a former senior carer at Milford Manor Care Home (Salisbury) was today found guilty of ill-treatment at Salisbury Crown Court of ill-treatment of dementia patients.

Following the conviction, Sharon Douglass, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service  (CPS) in Wessex said:
"Agneszkia Sztokmanska  was supposed to care for her patients, who she knew were vulnerable and dependant due to the fact that they suffered from dementia. She had been a senior carer at Milford Manor Care Home for three years and would have received the necessary training and therefore knew that the way she was treating her patients was wrong and cruel.

"Other carers at the Care Home raised the alarm when they noticed bruises on some of the patients and witnessed the defendant throwing her shoe  on four occasions to  the chest of one of her patients to make him sit down. Other colleagues also noticed how she used derogatory terms to describe the patients such as 'monsters' and 'idiots'.

"They contacted Wiltshire Police who then carried out an investigation and passed us a file of evidence. Following a careful and thorough review it was decided that there was sufficient evidence and it was in the public interest to prosecute Agneszkia Sztokmanska for seven offences of ill-treating a person who lacks capacity, contrary to section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

"After hearing the prosecution and the defence case, the jury today at Salisbury Crown Court has found her guilty of five out of seven offences.

"We would like to thank all the carers who gave evidence at the trial and who helped us to secure this conviction. This prosecution sends a strong message to those who abuse vulnerable people who lack mental capacity believing they will not be caught.

"Our thoughts go to the victims in this case, some of whom have since died, and their families, who had to deal with the knowledge that their loved ones had been mistreated in this way.

"The Crown Prosecution Service and the Police take these offences very seriously and the CPS will prosecute  vigorously these cases when it has  sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest."

Notes to editors

She will be sentenced on 24 October 2014.