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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Prison warning for care worker who hit vulnerable man

A care worker has been found guilty of slapping a vulnerable man in a care home.

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Lucy Ashburn

Related: Witness to slaps from carer haunted by abuse, Carlisle jury told

Lucy Ashburn, 60, had denied striking the man, who is “beyond capacity”, while working at The Dales on Main Street, Ellenborough, Maryport, on September 30 last year.

She also shouted and swore at the man and falsified records.

Ashburn, of Ewanrigg Brow, Maryport, was charged after fellow carer Jenna Morewood reported the abuse.

Ms Morewood told Carlisle Crown Court: “She was fully aware of what she was doing because she said to me; ‘you didn’t see that’ and now those words have stuck with me and they will always be there.”

Ms Morewood explained she had been shocked by the events and after finishing her shift had gone home upset and spoken to relatives then decided to report Ashburn to management.

She said: “I wouldn’t treat a dog the way she treated him. I feel sorry for that person and I didn’t step up at the time to say something.”

Ashburn - who denied ill-treatment or willful neglect of a person without capacity by a carer - will be sentenced on September 12.

Judge Peter Hughes warned her that she could be jailed and ordered pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

After the verdict, Stuart Pattinson, senior crown Prposecutor for CPS North West, said: “Lucy Ashburn was employed to care for the residents of the care home but she abused the trust placed in her by assaulting a vulnerable man who was not able to defend himself.

“The victim’s condition was such that it was not possible for him to give evidence and it is thanks to another member of staff for reporting the assault and the care home’s swift action that the abuse was brought to an end and the defendant brought to justice for her appalling actions."

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