Carers jailed for abuse of dementia patient


Two carers have today been given suspended jail sentences at Worcester Crown Count for their part in the ill-treatment of a 93-year-old dementia patient at a care home in Malvern last year.

Gareth Paskin and Adam Cole, both aged 30, were employed as care assistants at The Spring Care Home in Malvern.

A concerned member of the public had contacted the police after they had witnessed Cole playing mobile phone footage of an elderly man being abused by another individual.

Police arrested Cole and when they viewed the footage, Paskin was seen repeatedly pinching the victim's nose, covering his mouth and placing a surgical glove clad finger in his ear. The victim was unable to prevent this and was clearly distressed. Paskin and Cole both laughed throughout the abuse.

When Paskin was arrested, he claimed that he was trying to remove wax from the victim's ear and dried mucus from his nose. Cole claimed he filmed it because he was concerned for the victim's welfare.

However, when all of the evidence was presented to the two defendants, they both pleaded guilty to ill-treatment of a person who lacks capacity.

Gareth Paskin was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

Adam Cole was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work. 

Jason Corden-Bowen, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Today's conviction is important in showing that the Crown Prosecution Service takes the mistreatment of older and vulnerable people seriously.

"Targeting someone because they are older or vulnerable makes a crime even more serious and in this prosecution we referred the court to section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 highlighting this particular fact which has resulted in the court uplifting the sentences of Gareth Paskin and Adam Cole by three months and 100 hours unpaid work each.

"It is important that such crimes are reported to the police immediately so we can ensure those who commit crimes against older or vulnerable people are brought to justice."