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Monday, 22 December 2014

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

The experience of seeing a west Cumbrian carer abusing a vulnerable man haunts a former colleague, a court has heard.

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Lucy Ashburn

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Lucy Ashburn, 60, of Ewanrigg Brow, Maryport, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for the second day of her trial yesterday.

She is accused of slapping and striking a man who is “beyond capacity” while working at The Dales care home of Main Street, Ellenborough, on September 30 last year.

It is also alleged that she shouted and swore at the male and falsified records.

Jenna Morewood, who contacted police about the alleged offence, gave evidence to the jury of five men and seven women.

She had also been working as a carer at the home.

The court heard that the man had fallen to the floor while Ms Morewood and Ashburn had been trying to move him from his bed to a wheelchair so he could have a shower.

“She (Ashburn) became quite angry with him because she said that she had done her back in,” Ms Morewood said.

“She was just quite aggressive to the resident really.”

After this Ms Morewood said that Ashburn had slapped and struck the man.

“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.”

It was then said that Ashburn had filled in paperwork to show that the man had been showered.

Ashburn – who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of ill-treatment or willful neglect of a person without capacity by a carer – also gave evidence.

Timothy Brennand, prosecuting, accused her of getting angry and punishing the man because she had hurt her back.

Ashburn replied: “I was not punishing him, no, I was not.”

The trial continues.

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