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Example One

Freda Jobson, 85, weighed just four stone after three years at her residential home and was left with sores on her ankles and back that looked like 'raw meat' when her family pulled off the bandages.

Carers at the home in Hull, East Yorkshire, were caught laughing, asking 'are you a witch?' and if she had ever practiced black magic as they mimicked her groaning noises caused by dementia. Footage inside Keldgate Manor Residential Care Home also showed them laughing at her and removing bandages wrapped around the horrific bedsores, before wrapping them around her head.

The carers were all sacked and admitted ill treating Miss Jobson and were given 12-month community orders, meaning they will not be jailed.

Miss Jobson had sores on her right hip and right buttock measuring 6cm x 3cm with a depth down to the bone, with extensive underlying tissue damage. These were classed by an independent medical expert as being the worst level 'Grade 4' sores, which require immediate treatment and usually surgery to remove.

She also had Grade 4 sores to her toe and elbow, while her heel was in such a bad state it was considered 'ungradeable', with 85 per cent dead tissue.

Her daughter, Maddy, said: 'When we took a sock off her foot she was dripping in blood, there was a foul smell, and it looked like a piece of raw meat. The skin was down to the bone. Her ankle and her lower back were horrendous.'

Initially the Police and Adult Protection Team decided to give the carers a police caution, and it was only the intervention of the charity, Action on Elder Abuse, over a period of months that resulted in reconsideration of the case and its referral for prosecution.

The three carers who appeared in court over the video footage, Tracy Priestley, 41, Danielle Snowden, 25, and Sophie Hinchsliff, 24, were all sacked by the company soon after the footage surfaced.

Each admitted a charge of ill-treating or wilfully neglecting a person without capacity, contrary to section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Their actions were described in court as 'disgraceful', 'cruelty' and 'bullying'.

Hinchsliff and Snowden were ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid works and told to each pay £1,500 in compensation to Mrs Jobson. Priestley was ordered to complete 240 hours.

She was also given a three-month curfew order. All three were also banned from being carers again.

Property developer Craig Pesch, 34, left Ratid Shilaka, 71, drinking liquidised food through a straw after launching a vicious attack on him following a night out.

Pesch had spent the night drinking £14,000 of vintage champagne at exclusive private members club Maddox in Mayfair, London, when he ordered a cab home. When Mr Shilaka arrived, driving the cab, he struggled to find Pesch's address on his SatNav because it was a new development. Pesch flew into a rage, got out and opened the driver's door before throwing a volley of punches in the victim's face. He then fled the scene while Mr Shilaka was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

His jaw was left so badly broken it had to be rewired, several teeth were displaced, and he has been unable to work ever since.

Pesch, of Kings Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, admitted causing grievous bodily harm in March but magistrates decided the offence was so serious he should be sentenced by a Crown Court.

However, Recorder Stephen Hofmeyr QC allowed him to walk free, suggesting there were factors "which tend to reduce the seriousness or reflect personal mitigation." Character witness Julia Bayliss - a friend of Pesch's parents - described the defendant as "quite a gentle person" and said she had never seen him "worse for wear" because of alcohol.

But at an earlier hearing, prosecutor Edward Aydin had likened the attack to Robert De Niro's portrayal of ultra violent boxing middleweight Jake La Motta. "Mr Shilaka was a punching bag for a Raging Bull," said Mr Aydin.  Mr Pesch mercilessly punched the victim in a sustained attack with immense force. He was strapped into his seatbelt at the time and Mr Pesch was knocking him around like a rag doll."

Mr Aydin said: "In all the witness statements there is no evidence of him being drunk, of him being unsteady, or his speech slurred, it's only him saying he was drunk and had drank £14,000 worth of alcohol. Mr Pesch gave him a beating he will never ever forget, and no-one will know if Mr Shilaka will get his self-esteem back and his dignity as a man."

Defence barrister William Clegg QC said Pesch was "deeply ashamed" and has not drank alcohol since the incident.

Despite the seriousness of the offence, Judge Hofmeyr handed Pesch just a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Pesch was also ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and to pay Mr Shilaka £1,000 in medical compensation.

Example Two

Example Three

A so called ‘carer’ plied an old couple with cakes and sweetness to get their pin number and then regularly stole money from them.

After 63 years of marriage they were so devastated by what she had done that they had to go into emergency care, where he died without ever seeing his wife again.

And the thief?

Our justice system gave her a six-month suspended sentence and 200 hours of community service.



A carer with a baby has been given a suspended prison sentence with community service for stealing from a couple with dementia.

Frankie Yeoman, of Bristol, was convicted on eight counts of fraud and one of theft at an earlier trial at Bristol Crown Court.

The thefts forced Beryl and Mervyn Bevan to go into separate emergency care after they married 63 years ago.

Their daughter Helen Bevan said the crime "tore their lives apart".

Case officer PC Tracy Champion said: "Yeoman was in a position of trust which she totally abused and was motivated by her own greed."

During the trial, the court heard the agency-supplied carer won the couple's trust by lavishing them with cakes to obtain the pin number of their bank card. But suspicions were raised by Ms Bevan who said: "We took mum to the bank and got a mini statement. What we found was day after day cash withdrawals were being made from an ATM of hundreds of pounds."

During the trial in October, Mervyn Bevan died in a different home to his wife of 63 years.

"Nobody would want the ending that we had for our parents as a result of this," said Ms Bevan. As a result of this crime, their lives were torn apart," added Ms Bevan.

Yeoman was given a six-month sentence suspended for two years and 300 hours of community service. The judge spared her jail as she has a baby.