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Neglectful care worker from Luton sentenced

Jackie Ndoro
Image caption Jackie Ndoro, of Luton, was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months

A care worker convicted of neglect after she left an 86-year-old man on the floor shouting "help me", has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Jackie Ndoro's behaviour towards Albert Riches at The Limes in Henlow, Bedfordshire, in 2011 was secretly recorded on CCTV.

In August Ndoro, of Bodmin Road, Luton, was found guilty at Luton Crown Court of neglect of someone lacking capacity.

She was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

The 38-year-old was also placed on supervision for six months and was told she must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Ndoro's colleague that night did not answer police bail and is wanted.

The Limes, which houses 23 residents, is owned by Joan Wilkinson and managed by her son Kevin.

Image caption CCTV cameras caught the care worker sleeping during her shift at The Limes

Ndoro and her colleague were first employed as agency staff and then were taken on full-time, covering the night shift.

During the trial, prosecutor Isabel Delamere said Mr Wilkinson noticed that after the night shifts "there was a smell of urine and seemed to be a lack of bedding".

He decided to install a CCTV camera in the lounge to "keep tabs" on what was going on.

The court was told this showed Mr Riches, who had Alzheimer's and was prone to falls after a series of mini-strokes, collapsing on the floor.

Ndoro's colleague was seen tapping Mr Riches's leg before sweeping her broom around him.

The 86-year-old, who has since died, was heard to say "help me" and groan as he lay there for an hour.

Miss Delamere said the two women eventually pulled him up by the scruff of the neck and "dumped him on a wheelchair" because they "couldn't be bothered" to use a hoist to lift him.

Both women were dismissed the following day for gross misconduct and the local authority and police were informed.

Passing sentence Judge Barbara Mensah told Ndoro it had been her job to care for Mr Riches that night, not to neglect him.

The judge said it was the lack of concern for his plight as shown by the two women that was "so shocking".

The court was told that by her conviction Ndoro will be automatically barred from working with vulnerable adults.

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