Winterbourne View: Sentence date set for care workers

Top Row left to right: Daniel Brake; Holly Draper; Jason Gardiner; Kelvin Fore  Middle Row from left to right: Charlotte Cotterell; Michael Onyema Ezenagu; Sooaklingum Appoo; Wayne Rogers  Bottom Row: Graham Doyle; Alison Dove; Neil Ferguson The 11 care workers were detained after secret filming by the BBC's Panorama at Winterbourne View, near Bristol

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The sentencing of 11 care workers who pleaded guilty to maltreating five patients at a private hospital will begin on 22 October.

The defendants were detained after secret filming by BBC Panorama at Winterbourne View, near Bristol.

Sentencing was fixed after staff member Michael Ezenagu, 29, from London, pleaded guilty on Monday to two charges of ill-treating a patient.

The other defendants pleaded guilty at previous hearings.

Wayne Rogers, 31, of Kingswood; Alison Dove, 24, of Kingswood; Graham Doyle, 25, of Patchway; Jason Gardiner, 44, of Hartcliffe; Daniel Brake, 27, of Downend; Holly Laura Draper, 23, of Mangotsfield; Charlotte Justine Cotterell, 21, from Yate and Neil Ferguson, 27, of Emerson Green all admitted ill-treating patients in their care.

Critical report

Sooaklingum Appoo, 58, of Downend, and Kelvin Fore, 33, from Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to wilfully neglecting patients in their care.

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, said the sentencing hearing could last up to five days.

All 11 defendants are currently on bail with the condition that they are not allowed to work or seek work with vulnerable people.

A recently published report into abuse at the hospital said fundamental changes were needed in how the care of vulnerable adults was commissioned and monitored.

The report also revealed concerns were raised about the "poorly managed" hospital before the abuse was uncovered in a secretly-filmed investigation.

The safety of dozens of patients was raised but the NHS was only informed about a handful of cases.

South Gloucestershire Council said it "fully accepted" the findings and Castlebeck, which owns the hospital, said the criticisms in the report were being "actively addressed".

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