A CARER who attacked a 92 year old patient has been jailed for six months today (Sept 15) even after a judge heard she would never work in such a position again.
The defendant was seen by fellow carers to punch the woman in her ribs and to tell her she hoped she would fall over and break her neck.
Her barrister said she had developed multiple sclerosis and would never be a carer again.
He said her victim had suffered from severe dementia and could be violent and aggressive.
The defendant, he said, had not been suited to such a demanding role and had acted out of frustration.
The jury had heard how the defendant had thumped the woman after she lashed out of her. On another occasion she had slapped her on her bottom and sworn at her.
Francis Jones, prosecuting, said her husband was now worried about how other carers might treat his wife when he was not with her.
Judge Geraint Walters said the woman had deserved to be treated with dignity never mind how testing that could be for her carers.
“Those who choose to be employed caring for others must ask themselves whether they are up to the job.”
He said the defendant had shown no remorse and continued to deny her offending and to blame others for the situation she was in.
But, he added, her behaviour had been seen, quite rightly, as being criminal.
He said he would be failing in his public duty if he did not mark the offending with a sentence of imprisonment which could not be suspended.
Judge Walters was scathing about the attitude of the management team at the former workplace of the defendant
He said: “The evidence of what you did came from a number of courageous young girls who themselves were carers and they engaged in whistleblowing.
“They are to be commended for their decency and honesty.
“I find it particularly disturbing that the evidence given by those girls was that they were fearful of speaking out because nothing would be done by the managers of that company.”
Judge Walters said the company had tried to deal with the matter internally ‘which on the evidence before me meant doing nothing.’
The offending came to light, he said, only because one of the carers had gone over the heads of management and directly to social services.
“Whistleblowing must be taken seriously and the authorities informed. This sort of thing should not be brushed under the carpet. It is simply not acceptable how these complaints were dealt with,” he added.
Investigation into remains found at Aberaeron property continues
POLICE say the surrounding the discovery of remains of a body, at a house in Aberaeron, is ongoing.
On Monday, March 12, Dyfed-Powys Police received a report concerning the welfare of two women from the Aberaeron area.
On police attendance at the property one woman was taken to hospital, where she remains.
Searches of the property proved difficult due to the conditions inside.
On Monday, March 19, remains of a body were found.
Police believe the body had been there for some time. The complex investigation in to the circumstances is ongoing and the death is currently being treated as unexplained. H.M. Coroner has been informed but formal identification has not yet been carried out.
The second person, Mrs. Gertrude Gaynor Jones, known locally as Gaynor, currently remains outstanding and is being treated as a missing person until her whereabouts are confirmed. Anyone with information that could help police with their enquiries is urged to speak to police officers in Aberaeron, either by calling 101 or visiting Aberaeron Police Station.
Sushi company nominated for national awards
A SUSHI company based in Ceredigion has been nominated for two awards.
Swshi, which was started in 2016 by Sion and Rhiannon Tansley, offers the sushi through mobile and pop-up business.
The business has been dominated in the Food Awards Wales 2018 for the Best Street Food and Takeaway of the Year categories.
The pair gained their experience with sushi from roles as head chef and senior manager for the largest sushi restaurant chain in the UK.
The pair then moved to Ceredigion and felt there was a gap in the market for high quality sushi.
Two years of Active Travel improvements worth £336,750 completed in Cardigan
WORK has recently been completed by Ceredigion County Council to widen the footway on Pont y Cleifion Road, which sees the culmination of a two year package of grant-funded Active Travel improvements in Cardigan.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Ray Quant MBE, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Technical Services said, “I’m delighted that grant funding of £294,575 has been received from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund over the two year programme. Coupled with financial contributions also made by Ceredigion County Council and Cardigan Town Council, the total value of this package scheme amounted to £336,750 to benefit the well-being of residents of Cardigan town. Further potential improvements have been identified by Highways Officers and these will be developed next year with a view to future implementation and construction.”
During the first year, the improvements were concentrated in the vicinity of Cardigan Primary School, which saw the introduction of a new 20 mph zone with traffic calming, wider footways, upgraded crossings and a new path to the swimming pool. A new cycle shelter and two new scooter shelters were installed at the primary school to help encourage more Active Travel journeys and less car trips. This was aided further by providing two brand new scooters and helmets which the school have used for pupils to earn ‘Scooterer of the week’.
The second year saw a 20 mph zone and traffic calming implemented outside Cardigan Secondary School, again with wider footways and new raised table crossings to aid pedestrians and mobility users. A new cycle shelter was installed to encourage pupils and staff to cycle to the school. The scheme included completion of the ‘missing’ footway link to the other side of the road on Aberystwyth Road with new resurfacing which has improved pedestrian connectivity and user comfort.
A new pedestrian refuge was also installed in the carriageway to aid crossing on Aberystwyth Road. The footway on Pont y Cleifion road was previously narrow and unsuitable for pushchair or mobility users due to the lack of dropped kerb provision. However the recent construction works have brought this section of footway up to modern design standards and provides a better quality Active Travel link between the town centre and the Parc Teifi Business Park.
Councillor John Adams-Lewis, Local Member for Mwldan ward and Chair of governors for Cardigan Primary School added, “I’m pleased that Cardigan Town Council has supported these improvements financially which has resulted in a number of footway enhancements in the town, especially at both our school locations which have benefited from road safety improvements and reduced speed limits. I would also like to thank Ceredigion County Council for their financial contributions and to Highways Officers for securing this grant funding and for overseeing these high quality works.”
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