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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Carers admit abuse of elderly dementia patients at Cumbrian home

Three care assistants have admitted abusing the elderly dementia patients they were caring for at a north Cumbrian home.

William Bowman, 21, of Bowscar, Penrith, admitted eight offences of ill-treatment against six victims.

His co-defendant Chevonne Benson, 22, of Roman Road, Penrith, admitted 10 similar offences against seven victims.

At an earlier hearing, their fellow care assistant Claire Strong, 20, of Crooklands View, Clifton, near Penrith, admitted three counts of ill-treating three elderly patients.

All of the incidents took place at Penrith's Bupa-run Beacon Edge Nursing Home.

Carlisle Crown Court heard today how the victims - the eldest aged 96 - were repeatedly humiliated and abused by Benson and Bowman during the first half of last year.

In one of Benson's offences she openly called an elderly man in her care a cabbage, while on another occasion she pulled the hair of a 90-year-old woman.

Bowman too admitted pulling the hair of one of the patients he was caring for.

All three defendants will be sentenced in October after background reports are prepared.

Full story in tomorrow's News & Star.

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