UPDATED: Care worker sentenced for ill-treatment of resident

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A care worker has been sentenced for kicking an elderly resident who has dementia.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Christopher Ryan, 50, of Alexandra Court in Litherland, kicked the 79-year-old woman on 28 October 2018 at the College Green care home in Crosby.

Ryan, who had worked at the home for over six years before the incident and had no previous disciplinary issues, was showering a male resident when the incident happened.

The woman, who suffers from dementia and is frail, had been trying to open the door of the shower room, which could not be locked for safety reasons.

Ryan initially told the woman to go away but then kicked out at her, leaving a red mark on the top of her leg.

A fellow care worker heard the resident cry out in pain and asked Ryan what he had done. He put his head in his hands and said “I know, I know, I just don’t know.” He was said to look red and embarrassed. Another care worker had earlier gone to help and witnessed Ryan kick his victim.

His colleagues reported him to the manager on duty. Ryan was later suspended and then sacked.

Ryan later claimed that he couldn’t have kicked her on her upper leg as mobility issues meant he couldn’t raise his leg more than six inches off the floor.

He was found guilty of ill-treating a person in his care in June and was sentenced on 30 July 2019 at South Sefton Magistrates' Court to a 12-month community order with a requirement to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and six rehabilitation activity days.

He was also ordered to pay £700 in prosecution costs, £200 compensation and a victim surcharge of £85.

Angie Rowan, for the CPS, said: “This was a sad case. The victim’s husband has clearly been very distressed by what happened on that day and has followed proceedings throughout.

“Before this incident, the care home had not had any disciplinary issues with Mr Ryan. He has been a care worker for 22 years in total.

“It’s not clear what made him kick out at such a vulnerable old woman in this way. The residents at the care home all have dementia and need sensitive and extensive care.

“Mr Ryan made matters worse by denying what he had done and then trying to blame the victim.

“Most carers do excellent work in very difficult circumstances and thankfully, cases like this are rare. But it’s important that this behaviour is not tolerated and that those who do this sort of thing to the most vulnerable people in our communities face the consequences.”

Sentencing has been adjourned until 30 July while reports are made on Mr Ryan.

Notes to editors

  • Angie Rowan is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service

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