Care worker sentenced for assaulting 84 year-old nursing home resident


Charles Kent, aged 21, was today sentenced to a 12 months Community Order at Burton Magistrates’ court for assaulting an 84 year-old woman at the Fauld House Nursing Home where he worked as a care worker in July 2011.

The resident, who suffers from advanced dementia, was repeatedly hit on her hand whilst he assisted her in the toilet. This was witnessed by a fellow care worker who then alerted the appropriate authorities. He was later arrested and charged with two counts of assault by beating.

Viv Starkie, Sector Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Crimes against older people are under reported in our society. Today's conviction is important in showing that we take the criminal mistreatment of older people seriously. It is particularly important that such a vulnerable lady as this, living in a care home dependant on others, is protected from such mistreatment.

"Targeting someone because they are older makes a crime even more serious, so it is important that together we bring these people to justice  - whether they be strangers, carers or family members."

Kent found guilty of one count of assault by beating and was given a12 months Community Order, unpaid work 150 hours, costs of £620 and ordered to pay compensation of £50.