Carer sentenced for assault by beating

27/10/2015

Alison Scrase, 28, from Pulborough, West Sussex was sentenced to three months' imprisonment suspended for 12 months at Southampton Magistrates' Court on 27 October 2015, after assaulting a young woman with disabilities at a pub, in Langley, Southampton on May 7, 2015.

Following the conviction, James Burnham, Hate Crime Co-ordinator for the CPS in Wessex said: "Alison Scrase's job was to care for the young woman under her charge. Instead, she verbally and physically abused her in an appalling breach of trust.

"CPS considered the evidence in this case in line with our disability hate crime policy. Alison Scrase hurled abuse at the victim when she became irritated with the young woman which was a demonstration of hostility towards the victim's disability. For these reasons, the CPS prosecuted this as a disability hate crime.

"We would like to thank the witnesses who reported this crime. Tackling disability hate crime is a priority for the CPS and without their evidence, a prosecution would not have been possible."

Alison Scrase was employed by Pathway Healthcare in West Sussex as a support worker from December 2014 and was working at a home for adults with complex needs, challenging behaviours and learning disabilities.

Alison Scrase was ordered to pay £250 compensation to the victim and £300 in prosecution costs.