Billingham care home worker accused of humiliating residents

A CARE home worker assaulted one resident and ill-treated three more by shouting at them and humiliating them in front of others, a court heard today.

Prosecutors say Ann Weedall put a bra on a male stroke victim, and yelled “there's been a f***ing tsunami” when an incontinent woman wet herself.

Mrs Weedall denies four charges brought against her after complaints last year, and is facing a trial – scheduled to last a week – at Teesside Crown Court.

The 49-year-old was a support worker at the privately-run South View Independent Hospital in Billingham, near Stockton, at the time of the allegations.

It is alleged that she also shouted inappropriately at a man with dementia when he became aggressive after failing to recognise his wife and son on a visit.

Ian West, prosecuting, told a jury that Mrs Weedall was seen by other members of staff to grab a resident by the shoulders after she tried to kick her dog.

Mrs Weedall had taken her pet into the hospital's Hazeldene Unit and the woman is said to have tried to strangle it after asking for it to be put on her lap.

After her arrest, Mrs Weedall claimed she had never acted inappropriately, and she claimed the bra incident was “a laugh” fully enjoyed by the man.

Mrs Weedall, of Millington Close, Billingham, denies three charges of ill-treatment under the Mental Capacity Act of 2005, and one of assault by beating.

All of the allegations relate to a period between February and the end of April last year, the jury of eight women and four men was told by Mr West.

Mr West said Mrs Weedall admitted the 'tsunami' remark, but told police in an interview: “It was a bit of banter and it wasn't done in a nasty way.”

The prosecutor said: “It was demeaning, embarrassing and humiliating, and we say it was ill-treatment to react in that way in front of others.”


Sourced from The Northern Echo, 24th April 2012.