Care worker sentenced for ill-treating elderly woman
A care worker has today, 12th September 2018, been sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge, costs of £200 and £300 compensation to the victim for ill-treating an elderly lady in her care.
Susan Hind, 69, pleaded guilty to three charges of ill-treating or wilfully neglecting an individual at Poole Magistrates’ Court on the 9th August.
The court heard that Hind had been working for My Life Living and had been the victim's carer for four years, visiting her six times a day. Her duties were to feed, clean, clothe, administer medicine and assist the victim in getting into and out of bed.
Due to the victim's mobility issues, her daughter installed CCTV at her address to allow her to monitor her mother’s movements via her mobile phone. It was then that she observed Hind’s behaviour and attitude towards her mother. CCTV recorded Hind shouting at the victim on three separate occasions in December 2017 and January 2018. On one of the occasions the CCTV captured Hind pushing a bag containing soiled items close to the victims face and shouting: “look at what you have done” and: “If there is poo in the bed, I will be really really really angry.” On another occasion the victim was heard to say that the water was too hot. Hind responded by mocking the victim and told her to “stop being a baby”. Hind was also recorded shouting and being curt with the victim whilst taking her medication.
The victim's daughter confronted Hind and reported it to her employer who suspended her.
Richard Oakley from the CPS said: “Susan Hind was responsible for the care of this elderly lady who suffered with dementia and mobility problems. Hind should have treated this lady with dignity and respect but instead she subjected her to abuse, mockery and undignified acts.”
“The CPS presented evidence to the Court including the CCTV footage that captured the incidents of abuse the victim suffered and that led to Hind pleading guilty to these offences.”
“We hope that today's sentencing brings some sense of justice to the victim’s family.”
Notes to editors
- Richard Oakley is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex
- Susan Hind (DOB: 09/04/1949) pleaded guilty to three charges of a care worker ill-treating or wilfully neglecting an individual on 05/12/2017, 16/01/2018 and 26/01/2018.