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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Carer slapped vulnerable man at care home, Carlisle court told

A carer is accused of abusing a vulnerable man at a west Cumbrian care home.

Lucy Ashburn, 60, of Ewanrigg Brow, Maryport, is accused of committing the offence while working at The Dales care home of Main Street, Ellenborough.

She appeared at Carlisle Crown Court to stand trial, after denying the charge.

A jury heard that Ashburn had been working at the home on September 20 last year and was looking after a man.

Timothy Brennand, prosecuting, told the court that one of her co-workers, named Jenna Morewood, had seen Ashburn carrying out the alleged offence.

He said: “This is a case where the defendant is alleged to have slapped and struck the victim and shouted at him in a very offensive way.

“She failed to shower him and falsified and failed to keep accurate records documenting the way he should have been cared for.”

Mr Brennand went on to say that Ashburn had been planning to shower the man, when he had collapsed and she had become angry.

“The defendant then slapped and struck him.”

He told the court that Ashburn is alleged to have slapped the victim’s arms and legs, before swearing at him and telling him that he could stay smelling of his own filth.

“The defendant then realised that her co-worker was watching and exclaimed ‘you didn’t see that’,” the prosecutor said.

Ashburn is alleged to have continued shouting at the elderly man, giving what Mr Brennand described as a “verbal tirade”.

Police were called to the scene following a complaint from Ms Morewood.

Mr Brennand explained that the victim was “beyond capacity” and would not be appearing to give evidence as a result. No witnesses were called at the hearing yesterday but they will take the stand today.

Ashburn has denied a charge of ill-treatment or willful neglect of a person without capacity by a carer.

The trial continues.

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