Carer convicted of ill-treatment via social media of care home residents

27/10/2017

A 19-year-old carer, who mocked two residents suffering from dementia, through a series of videos uploaded on social media, has today been found guilty of ill-treatment.

Salina Sharif was employed at a residential care home for vulnerable adults in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent.

Between 1 January 2016 and 12 November 2016, the defendant recorded videos featuring two residents from the care home, which she later uploaded on Snapchat and shared with her contacts. The videos contained inappropriate comments about the victims and their conditions.

One such video was viewed by an employee of the care home who reported it to the manager of the home. Police were notified and Sharif was arrested.

At Newcastle-Under-Lyme Magistrates' Court, the defendant was found guilty of the ill-treatment of a person without capacity and sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge, £500 costs and £250 compensation to the two victims.

Andrea Clutton, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The ill-treatment of vulnerable or disabled people need not just take the form of physical or mental abuse, but as was shown by this prosecution, it can take the form of the making of inappropriate comments or mocking.

"Salina Sharif was relied on by her employers, the residents and their families to care for and respect some of our most vulnerable. Sadly, she abused this trust and made videos mocking the victims, who suffered with dementia, which she later shared through social media.

"Targeting a person because of vulnerability, disability or age makes a crime even more serious, so it is important that together we bring those who commit these crimes to justice."