Action on Elder Abuse criticises care home staff sentences

A care worker has been jailed for four months and two others given suspended sentences after being secretly filmed ill-treating a woman at a care home

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A charity has written to the Attorney General calling on him to review the sentences given to three men who abused a 79-year-old woman with dementia.

Action on Elder Abuse said a hidden camera showed Gladys Wright being treated "like a lump of meat"

Daniel Baynes, Tomasz Gidaszewski and Janusz Salnikow, pleaded guilty to ill-treatment which took place in 2012.

Baynes also admitted stealing food and was jailed for four months. The others were given community orders.

Salnikow was also given a suspended jail sentence.

'Ineffectual'

A judge at Bristol Crown Court barred all three for life from working with vulnerable adults.

Granary Dementia Care Centre The Granary Dementia Care Centre is in Wraxall just outside Bristol

Gary FitzGerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse, said what the three men did was "appalling".

"If it had been a child I am sure the sentences would have been far harsher and more appropriate," he said.

"We believe that this sentencing is too lenient, does not convey the seriousness with which the public view such abuse, and will not act as a deterrent.

"There is no point in criminalising acts of abuse if the consequences are so light as to be ineffectual.

"This not only sends a message to abusers that they can get away with it, but it undermines the fantastic work and commitment of thousands of other care staff."

Mrs Wright died in March.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's office said it had yet to receive the charity's submission.

If the Attorney General agrees the case should be reviewed it may be sent to the Court of Appeal.

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